Monday, April 5, 2021

You may need proof of COVID-19 vaccination to travel very soon

 As more people become vaccinated against COVID-19 many are wondering if they'll need to prove their vaccination status in order to travel.


The short answer is that, right now, you only need proof that you've been vaccinated if you're booking a cruise. But you may need proof of vaccination for more travel activities soon.

In recent weeks, major cruise lines like Royal Caribbean have started to announce vaccine protocols for guests and crew.

Royal Caribbean last month announced a series of fully vaccinated cruises that will require both crew and guests to be fully vaccinated, Insider's Brittany Chang reported. The cruises will set sail beginning in May.

Proof of vaccination could come either in the form of a physical vaccine card or a digital confirmation of it, known as a "vaccine passport," per Insider's Joey Hadden.

Apps for digitizing proof of vaccination, like Common Pass, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Travel Pass, and Health Pass By CLEAR are already in trial stages.

While governments and airlines are not yet requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for international travel, recent developments suggest they're not far behind the cruise industry.

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