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UNWTO Calls For Standardisation Over Vaccine Requirements

The World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has stressed that being vaccinated against Covid-19 is likely to become a prerequisite for world travel in the future.

Following a meeting of the Global Tourism Crisis Committee in Madrid earlier in January, the UNWTO secretary-general Zurab Pololikashvili said: “The rollout of vaccines is a step in the right direction, but the restart of tourism cannot wait. Vaccines must be part of a wider, coordinated approach that includes certificates and passes for safe cross-border travel.”

The Global Tourism Crisis Committee made a number of recommendations after meeting, one of which was for international health and travel bodies to coordinate over a standardised digital certification system, the Guardian reported.

Another recommendation is to harmonise testing protocols for Covid-19 around the world.

Speaking to the publication, Dr Richard Dawood, a specialist in travel medicine at Fleet Street Clinic, pointed out that there is already an international certification system in place for yellow fever, and that therefore the groundwork for a similar system relating to Covid is already in place.

However, he stressed that one of the issues is how to implement this in a secure way for those receiving the Covid-19 vaccine.

Not all those in the industry are in favour of this approach at present, however, with the World Travel and Tourism Council telling the newspaper that only allowing those who have been vaccinated to travel will rule out many people while the process is at such an early stage.

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