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Will 2021 Be The Year Of Requiring A COVID-19 Immunity Passport To Fly?
We’ve been wearing masks, social distancing, and working from home for most of 2020 and although we’re going into 2021 in the same situation, it looks like better days are to come.
There are now two vaccines on the market, providing a light at the end of what seemed like a never-ending tunnel. Many travelers are excited about the vaccines and the prospect of resuming travel in 2021 without being afraid of contracting the COVID-19 virus.
When travel does resume, it will forever be changed by the pandemic. For one, immunity passports may be mandatory for travel outside of the U.S. The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention already has a vaccination card which states the date you were vaccinated and the type of vaccine you received.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “We will need to secure enough supply and access to safe and effective vaccines before such a certificate would be feasible.” The organization also stated that it is exploring how the vaccination record could be stored electronically.
Although every country will have its own rules and regulations when it comes to the vaccine, it is rumored that some airlines may require a vaccine card in order for travelers to fly abroad.
The vaccine is reported to have a 95% efficiency rate and according to Tori Emerson Barnes from the U.S. Travel Association, “We’re very encouraged by the news of the vaccine…we do expect that [the vaccine] will definitely be an important motivator to folks being willing to [travel] again.”
Yes, there are vaccines on the market, but the rollout and enforcement of vaccines in order to travel could take a while. So from now into 2021, it’s still vital to continue wearing a mask, washing your hands frequently, and social distancing when traveling.