Vaccine Passports: Coming Soon?
Firstly, whatever gets me back to Walt Disney World. Fine. FINE.
Secondly, as I have been stuck in my house since last March, I am really excited to get my vaccine and get the heck back to WDW.
Thirdly, and obviously, many factors weigh into decisions to travel, but when I have my vaccine(s) in my arm, I will be ready to start planning (with a MickeyTravels agent, of course).
Another Travel Doc?
However, going forward, there may soon be another form to fill out or carry with you as you go onto a plane or boat, or bus for everyone excited to travel.
A vaccine passport or a document or app, which allows folks to show their vaccination status.
It isn’t just governments that are suggesting vaccine passports. In a few weeks, Etihad Airways and Emirates will start using a digital travel pass, developed by the International Air Transport Association, to help passengers manage their travel plans and provide airlines and governments documentation that they have been vaccinated or tested for Covid-19.
The challenge right now is creating a document or app that is accepted around the world, that protects privacy, and is accessible to people regardless of their wealth or access to smartphones.
Digitize a Process: Harmony and Ease
A prescient quote:
“It’s about trying to digitize a process that happens now and make it into something that allows for more harmony and ease, making it easier for people to travel between countries without having to pull out different papers for different countries and different documents at different checkpoints,” said Nick Careen, senior vice president for airport, passenger, cargo and security at [International Air Transport Association].
Again, if this doc or app allows folks to move around more freely, it will all be worth it.
And if knowing that everyone around me has been inoculated allows my family to better enjoy life in a post-COVID world, I’d gladly add another document to my bag (or Magic Band or Apple Watch).
Honestly, whatever gets me my next Dole Whip. Soon.
Read the Time’s full story here.