G20 countries set to support COVID vaccine passports

G20 countries set to support COVID vaccine passports

According to a draft statement seen by Bloomberg, the world’s 20 largest economies have stepped up efforts to introduce vaccine passports to boost travel and tourism, stressing that a recovery is crucial for a global economic recovery .
Tourism ministers from the Group of 20 nations, who met on Tuesday, said the outlook for a sector devastated by pandemic lockdowns remains “very uncertain,” according to the project, which is subject to change.

The travel and tourism industry has been one of the hardest hit economically by restrictions on activity to contain the coronavirus. It has seen its contribution to global production collapse 49% to $ 4.7 trillion in 2020, leading to the loss of 62 million jobs, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council. Spending by international visitors plunged an unprecedented 69%.

“We stress that the recovery of travel and tourism is crucial for the global economic recovery because of the direct and indirect economic impact of this sector on others,” the document said. The pandemic is an opportunity to “shape a more resilient, sustainable and inclusive tourism sector,” he also said.

Thomas Bareiss, German Deputy Minister of Economy who attended the virtual meeting, said a new start for tourism after the pandemic should be guided by the principle of “building back better”.

“We have agreed that we want a more resilient, more sustainable and more inclusive tourism sector in order to be better equipped for the future,” Bareiss said in an emailed statement.

Ministers are expected to support efforts for safe mobility, in coordination with initiatives such as the European Union’s digital green certificate. This document will show that the carrier has been fully vaccinated, has salvage immunity, or has recently tested negative.

EU member states would reopen borders to travelers from countries with relatively low infection rates, as well as those fully vaccinated against Covid-19, under a proposal unveiled on Monday. It could be adopted at the end of May.


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