EU plans to have Covid vaccine passport in time for summer holidays


The European Union is set to unveil a vaccine passport scheme to allow free travel this summer and support the struggling tourism sector, despite disagreement between member states over the proposal.

The proposal will need to be approved by the European Parliament and member states. The Commission hopes approval will be granted in June, in time for the summer season.

Countries that rely on summer tourism such as Spain, Greece and Portugal welcomed the proposal but Belgium and Germany have warned against discriminating against those who refuse or cannot get vaccinated, meaning EU leaders will have a heated discussion on what rights to attach to the travel certificates when they meet next week.

The World Health Organisation has advised against requiring vaccine certification as a precondition for international travel.


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