A leaked internal document reveals that the world’s largest air transport body is imploring the EU to adopt its vaccine passport system as standard across the entire 27 nation bloc, to ensure “evidence-based border restrictions” are implemented.
EURACTIV reports that the letter was sent to EU leaders by The International Air Transport Association (IATA), which has been pushing its vaccine statues based Travel Pass framework for some time now.
The letter, signed by IATA vice-president for Europe Rafael Schvartzman and addressed to European Council president Charles Michel, urges EU countries to “agree on the crucial role of secure digital solutions, such as the IATA Travel Pass”.
the letter argues that the travel pass will provide “governments and authorities – but also passengers and crew – with the needed confidence in each passengers’ health status”.
“This digital solution can verify the applicable legal framework at departure and arrival jurisdictions… ensuring that the traveller knows all the measures and conditions applicable,” the letter further reads.
It further suggests that countries need to agree to a “sane” approach to lifting travel restrictions, ensuring an “attainable balance between risk and people/economies’ financial sustainability.”
The leaked letter was obtained just hours before the EU is set to debate the vaccine passport system, with countries including Italy, Greece, Spain, and Portugal acting as the most aggressive proponents for a standardised vaccine passport system to kickstart tourism again.
Vaccine passports have previously been touted by the EU, with officials suggesting back in April that visa applicants would also be required to be vaccinated.
A slew of other countries have also now indicated that they will introduce vaccination passports, despite concerns that it will create a two-tear society of those who have and have not been vaccinated.
After months of denying there are any plans to introduce so called vaccine passports, the British government has also now admitted that not only is it considering introducing them for travel,