Vaccine passports: UK plans ‘express’ launch of certificates for summer holidays

vaccine passports uk plans express launch of certificates for summer holidays

The government aims to provide official proof of vaccination for millions of British holidaymakers this summer – starting as early as 17 May.

According to a report in the Telegraph, a government official told travel bosses on the Tourism Industry Emergency Response Group: “We aim to give people the ability to prove their vaccine status by the time international travel restarts where other countries require it.”

At present all foreign holidays from the UK are illegal, but ministers say they hope to lift the ban and allow journeys abroad from 17 May.

Many nations have said that official evidence of vaccination from tourists will enable or smooth visits.

The plan, revealed just 26 days before the expected resumption of international travel, comes as southern European nations advanced their ideas for attracting British holidaymakers.

The Tourism Industry Emergency Response Group is run by VisitBritain, which promotes inbound tourism to the UK. It comprises “key tourism industry associations and organisations, as well as relevant government departments,” according to VisitBritain.

The plan was outlined during a discussion of the border reopenings…

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