As several countries around the world mull over the possibility of introducing Covid-19 vaccine passports to start international travel, a new report has warned that a lack of travel eligibility would leave millions of not-at-risk travelers behind. Conducting identity checks to verify “immune” people may lead to all sorts of discrimination, fraud, ethical, and privacy threats as well as a bad travel experience, Tom Mouhsian, Principal Analyst at Forrester, wrote in a blog post last week.
So even with the vaccine, there could be no going back to normal anytime soon in the absence of orders supported by global standards, clear guidelines, and communication, Mouhsian said. According to the future-of-travel report from Forrester, travel organizations need to focus on helping customers obtain pre-travel test results in the near term and offer clear communications with actionable assistance at every part of the travel journey.
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“We advise them to make moderate — not radical — changes to their pandemic protocols at this time,” Mouhsian said. (IANS/SP)