Vaccine Passports and your Summer Vacation

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  • As countries call for the adoption of vaccination certificates to help restore safe travel, people are raising concerns about how dangerous the move could be
  • Some countries, including Cyprus, Romania, and the Seychelles, have already begun to impose COVID-19 vaccination passports on all arrivals. Others, including Hungary and Iceland, are opened up to COVID-19 survivors
  • This week, Zurab Pololikashvili, the secretary general of the United Nations World Tourism Organization, called for the global adoption of vaccination passports as part of global efforts to rein in the pandemic
  • While experts argue that vaccine passports may help revive global tourism, others fear it may be abused and may cause undue discrimination against those still waiting to receive jabs
  • Questions have also been raised about data privacy and how personal data would be shared securely
  • There are also fears that restrictions to free movement induced by mandatory vaccination passports may further slow down the recovery of the economy