With all the news recently around vaccination passports, most prospective travelers say they would find a requirement to prove their vaccination status would either not affect their travel plans or make them more likely to travel.
According to a recent poll by The Points Guy, more than three-quarters (76 percent) of potential travelers say they would be as likely or more likely to travel with a provider or to a destination that required them to prove they have received a COVID-19 vaccination, for example through a vaccine passport or similar certification.
This includes nearly half (49 percent) who say they are more likely, including 31 percent who say they are much more likely, to travel to a destination or with a provider that requires proof of vaccination. Over a quarter (26 percent) of respondents say it would have no impact on their travel plans.
On the other hand, just over one-third (34 percent) with a desire to travel say they are less likely – and 17 percent say they are much less likely – to travel to a destination or with a provider if they must provide proof they have received the vaccine.
Additionally, nearly three-quarters (74 percent) of those with a desire to travel say they are likely to get the COVID-19 vaccine or are already vaccinated.
As the vaccine rollout continues worldwide, the idea of developing some kind of international standards around health passports is gaining momentum. Last week, China unveiled its own version of vaccine passport, available in both digital and paper formats, showing details of a traveler’s COVID-19 inoculation, as well as nucleic acid and antibody test results.
The European Union is set to propose a “digital green pass” for EU residents this week, and several countries, including South Korea and Israel, are working to establish travel bubbles that open borders for travelers who have received the vaccine.