As trials for vaccine passports roll out in an effort to ensure the flow of safe travel between international destinations, GlobalData is warning that a lack of collaboration will only further delay the recovery of international travel.
The data and analytics company points out that forming an internationally recognized system as a global standard for all destinations would help ensure a traveller’s journey is as smooth and easy as possible – an essential factor to help heal international travel demand.
With various certificates and passes being trialed, if all are launched, this will only create further confusion among travelers – the last thing that is needed. A form of digital vaccine passport should be looked at as more of an opportunity rather than a competition.
GlobalData travel & tourism analyst, Johanna Bonhill-Smith observed that: “Quarantine requirements and travel restrictions are the two main deterrents to international travel according to GlobalData’s survey. Travellers are likely to be just as confused about what is required of them to travel and the actual protocols of how they should act when they arrive at a destination.”
Bonhill-Smith said that: “One simple app that can inform all travellers of the specific entry requirements for a destination, alongside if their current vaccination/test results match, will help diminish confusion and ensure a more seamless and worry-free travel experience.”
GlobalData noted that right now:
- The CommonPass is currently being trialed, which is an initiative of the Commons Project in partnership with the World Economic Forum.
- IATA has also launched the Travel Pass which uses global passport standards and its in-house system to verify that air passengers meet visa and health requirements.
- The European Commission is discussing the launch of a ‘digital green certificate’ which will allow vaccinated and non-vaccinated citizens to travel to other member states and not be forced to quarantine on arrival.
Said Bonhill-Smith: “This is ultimately an opportunity for the sector to display a united front in its recovery. COVID-19 is the largest challenge ever faced by the global tourism sector and airlines have been particularly hard hit. International organizations and governments should work together to ensure a smooth relaunch of international tourism activity as soon as possible.”
She continued: “Throughout 2020, leading tourism bodies worldwide were urging governments, organizations, airlines, hotels and travel agents all across the sector to unite, collaborate and remain resilient to ensure the safe recovery of international travel.”
Unfortunately, Bonhill-Smith said: “With separate entities now acting individually and seemingly not communicating with others, this could further delay international travel’s recovery – a daunting prospect for any tourism dependent destination.”