EU considers ‘Covid-19 Passports’ in an effort to jump start tourism

Covid-19 passports are among the options being considered by European member states to restore tourism across the EU.

Tourism Ministers from the 27 the European Union Member States began discussions this week on ways to revive the crippled tourism industry and help those countries particularly dependent on the sector such as Italy, Greece, Croatia and Portugal.

Among the propositions up for discussion was the option of a “Covid-19 passport”, which would allow the bearer to travel freely to the EU and Schengen States.

This passport would be linked to capitals being subject to “common rules and protocols” for social distancing, as well as tracking systems if there is an outbreak of infections.

“We reached several conclusions, particularly in the organization of the joint European approach to emerging from the crisis,” said Croatia’s Minister of Tourism, Gari Cappelli.

“It will include the creation of joint protocols and measures in the spheres of health and security. The ministers agreed that the common document under provision name Covid-passport should be created and it will work all over the EU.”

Member states are also planning to take additional measures aside from the ones outlined in EC’s guidelines, with Greece considering opening its borders up to visitors who have tested positive for Covid-19 and recovered.