Most Germans support the introduction of a Covid passport, which would allow them to visit theaters, gyms, sporting events and facilitate travel. According to a survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of the dpa, 16 percent are in favor of introducing such a "green passport" immediately, following the example of Israel.
Israel unveiled its “green passport” last week, providing a number of benefits to those who have recovered or been vaccinated against Covid-19, and have agreed with Israel on the free movement of vaccinated citizens among the states.
A further 44 percent believe they should wait until all people in Germany are offered vaccinations, which according to current plans should be the case by Sept. 21.
On the other hand, 35 percent of them oppose the introduction of a passport that would give vaccinated people an advantage over unvaccinated ones. The survey was conducted from February 24 to 26, and was attended by 2.030 people. The results of the survey are representative of the German population aged 18 and over.
Heads of State and Government of the European Union they agreed on Thursday that a European vaccination passport should be developed in the next three months.
It is important to emphasize that both those who have recovered and those who have been vaccinated must still wear masks. Also, the purpose of a covid passport or vaccination certificate is to allow freer movement of passengers and speed up border crossing procedures.
Covid passports must not be a prerequisite for travel
Although there is still no consensus globally, there are currently two models. Most states that have already adopted decisions on the covid vaccine or vaccination certificate allow passengers to enter without the need for testing and quarantine, while some states additionally require a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours. Also, it is important to emphasize, as this does not mean that travelers who have not or do not want to be vaccinated cannot travel. They can, but they must have proof of a negative test not older than 48 hours. Thus, covid passports must not be a prerequisite for travel, as this would be discrimination.
As the distribution of vaccines has stalled and the vaccination of citizens has slowed down, so has the entire tourist season. According to the strategy of the joint fight against the virus, the European Commission predicted that 70 percent of the adult population in all member states would be vaccinated by the summer. But due to the halt in vaccine distribution, this currently seems like a very optimistic estimate.
Until the tourist season, Croatia wants to ensure the maximum possible protection of citizens with the vaccine, Prime Minister Plenković emphasized last week and added that the Government's task is to ensure as many doses of vaccine as possible by the end of the first quarter. He also reminded that another 600 thousand doses should arrive in Croatia by the end of March, and significantly more doses should be received in April, May and June in order to ensure maximum protection of citizens until the tourist season.
Currently, all countries as well as the entire tourism sector are in a race against time, to accelerate the dynamics of vaccination of citizens, so that the queue for vaccination comes to a wider population of citizens, to create a positive precondition for opening to tourism.
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