1. You might need a vaccine passport to travel in 2021
It’s still early in the global rollout, but people who’ve had the vaccine are already at an advantage when it comes to travel. Although many governments are still advising (or completely banning) their citizens from travelling overseas, an ever-increasing list of tourism-dependent destinations sees in the rollout an opportunity to reopen borders and lift other travel restrictions.
Poland, Estonia, Iceland, Romania, Georgia and Seychelles, among others, have already announced that they will allow proof of vaccination as an alternative to existing testing and quarantine requirements – meaning those who’ve been vaccinated can skip the harsher controls imposed on everyone else. Many more will likely follow suit. And while no country has yet made vaccination a condition of entry, this may well start to become standard once the vaccines begin to be rolled out more widely.
And it’s not just countries that will require some sort of proof: travel firms and airlines may well do so too. Saga, a cruise company that specialises in trips for the over-50s, says all travellers will now have to be fully vaccinated, while Australian airline Qantas has repeatedly said that passengers will need to show proof of vaccination before boarding flights.