For months I’ve been saying that governments will be issuing so-called “COVID passports.” TheGuardian.com is reporting that people in England could get Covid passports for foreign travel in May!
“Millions of people in England could be provided with so-called Covid passports by 17 May to let them take holidays abroad this summer and potentially avoid quarantine when they reach their destination, the Guardian has learned.
The documents – likely to be different from domestic Covid certificates, which the government is working on separately – are still under development but should be made available before restrictions on international travel lift next month, sources said.
With many hoping for a summer getaway, or to see family and friends in other countries whom they have been unable to visit since the pandemic began, pressure is rising on ministers to help ensure that those who have had coronavirus vaccines can prove their immunity to avoid other countries’ entry requirements on isolation and testing.
The transport secretary, Grant Shapps, has said the passports “will of course be a part of international travel” and voiced hopes they would not be viewed as “controversial” – but stressed the need for a cautious reopening given the threat of virus variants.
It came as Public Health England announced 55 more cases had been reported of the variant first found in India, which is due to be added to the UK’s “red list” of countries, with strict curbs on arrivals and a requirement to quarantine in a hotel, from 4am on Friday. There were a further 70 cases of the variant first discovered in South Africa, which is believed to be more transmissible.”
Now that our friends from “across the pond” will be issued COVID passports, you mark my words, the United States won’t be far behind! The U.S. state department is already saying don’t travel to 80% of the world, including to Mexico and the Bahamas! https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/24/covid-80-percent-of-world-is-unsafe-for-travel-amid-pandemic-state-dept-warns.html
*After publishing this post, I was alerted to an article that citizens in England are protesting Covid passports! The DailyWire.com is reporting, “Thousands of protesters on Saturday marched through London to express their frustration with COVID-19 restrictions, which may soon include vaccine passports to prove inoculations.
London mayoral candidates Laurence Fox and David Kurten attended the march which started in Hyde Park and snaked through the city around 1 p.m. When police tried to break up the demonstration, protesters turned violent, hurling rocks and bottles at police. Eight officers were injured and five protesters arrested.”
Stay tuned to all of my social channels for updates and you can read the full Guardian article here: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/22/people-in-england-could-get-covid-passports-for-foreign-travel-by-17-may