Vaccination passport for international travel qualified as “discriminatory”


REnsuring that everyone who wishes to go abroad has been vaccinated against Covid-19 is a path to discrimination, according to the head of the World Travel and Tourism Council.

Gloria Guevara, chief executive of the industry body, criticized the approach of Australian airline Qantas, whose boss, Alan Joyce, suggested passengers would need a shot before they could board one of its international services.

“We should never require vaccination to find a job or travel,” she said. “I totally disagree with Qantas’ approach. If you need the vaccination before the trip, that leads us to discrimination.

AirAsia chief executive Tony Fernandes backed Guevara and added that global testing measures are the way to unlock travel.

However, according to a survey conducted by Qantas, 87% of those polled said they would be happy to take the coronavirus vaccine if requested for international travel, while 85% believed it should be necessary for travel to “at least some countries”.

A 2020 report by the Ada Lovelace Institute, an independent research organization, said the introduction of ‘vaccine passports’ could’ present extremely high risks in terms of social cohesion, discrimination, exclusion and vulnerability. ”

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