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Published on Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Australia to trial vaccine passports for international travel

Australia plans to start a limited vaccine passport pilot  scheme soon as it looks to a potential reopening of national borders in the coming months.  

Minister for Trade and Tourism Dan Tehan said the government will test a vaccine passport system with several overseas destinations using travel between Australia's diplomatic missions in certain countries.

It could include travel to from and between Singapore, Japan, South Korea, the UK the US, and Pacific Islands.

"When international border opens we want to make sure we're ready for people to be able to travel again and it's incredibly important that we're doing that preparatory work," Tehan said.

It would involve a QR code linked to conventional passports to prove vaccination status.

Australia is expected to reach its 80% fully vaccinated target for the adult population by the end of November.

So far about 42% are fully jabbed.

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  • Given the daily numbers of inbound travellers 'ALL' arrivals should be in the trial of Vaccine Passport

    The title says it all. With such limited number of people being able to enter the country ALL passengers arriving to Australia should be included in the 'trial'. 10 or 20 a day diplomats from a a few countries, does not make for a robust test. Open the testing for all. Everyone will still have the paper documents to prove their status if the system fails... If you are serious about testing your product... give it some stress before you open the flood gates. Today's restricted arrival numbers are small compared to the tsunami that will hit when the border opens. If you don't think the system can handle the load... why are you investing in the system?

    By Future Travel, Wednesday, September 15, 2021

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