The EU has announced its plans to introduce a vaccine passport, or a 'digital green pass', in order to reopen and boost international travel. Downing Street representatives reported the UK government will meet with EU counterparts to discuss how the UK can be involved.
The digital pass would provide proof of vaccination, or for those who have yet to be vaccinated, it will hold any necessary pre-travel test results and information regarding the individual’s recovery from Covid-19 if applicable. As a result, unvaccinated adults will still be able to travel if they are able to show a negative Covid test.
President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen announced this week the EU would publish a legislative framework for the pass. It is expected the plans for the ‘digital green pass’ will be submitted to the European Parliament on 17th March and further discussed on 24th March at a summit in the hope of international travel opening up by the end of June.
The news comes after the UK government announced their plans to introduce a Covid vaccination passport. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is continuing to discuss the initiative with Singaporean and US counterparts as well as other governments. There is also talk of the British government working with IATA regarding their Travel Pass.