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A Vaccine Passport Is the New Golden Ticket as the World Reopens


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Greece is at the forefront of a bid to revive travel with the help of so-called vaccine passports: certificates or digital cards testifying to the apparent low-risk status of their holders.

Credit: Joel Plosz/Bloomberg Businessweek

In a harbor on the Greek island of Paxos, Panagiotis Mastoras checks over his fleet of pleasure craft and counts down the days to the return of the tourists who fuel the economy of the 8-mile speck in the Ionian Sea.

For the rental-boat skipper, the easing of travel curbs imposed as the Covid-19 outbreak swept the world appears tantalizingly close. Greece said it would welcome back visitors starting on May 14, as long as they've had a vaccination, recovered from the novel coronavirus, or tested negative before flying out. "It's the safest way," says Mastoras, one of 850,000 people working in a holiday sector that accounted for almost a quarter of Greece's gross domestic product before the pandemic, the highest proportion in Europe. "We've reached a point where it can't go on like this."

Greece is at the forefront of a bid to revive travel with the help of so-called vaccine passports—certificates or digital cards testifying to the apparent low-risk status of their holders—which is gaining traction in tourist-reliant economies from the Caribbean to Thailand.

 

From Bloomberg Businessweek
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