WHO recommended not requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination when traveling

A certificate of vaccination against coronavirus should not be a condition without which citizens would not have access to international travel. This is stated in the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) Emergency Committee published on July 15.

The document states that WHO member countries

“should not require proof of vaccination against COVID-19 for international travel as the only way or condition that allows international travel.”

The committee attributed its position to the fact that there is currently no equal distribution of COVID-19 vaccines around the world, and some states have limited access to the drugs.

On July 12, WHO Director General Tedros Adanom Gebreyesus said the world is currently experiencing a worsening situation with the coronavirus. He added that last week also saw an increase in mortality, which had previously been declining for 10 weeks.

On July 7, Tedros Adanom Gebreyesus emphasized that the new COVID-19 mutations are winning the vaccine race because of inequalities in vaccine production and distribution, which threatens the global economic recovery, among other things. He also recalled the WHO’s key goal for now, which is to reach a vaccination rate in all countries of 10% by September, 40% by the end of 2021, and 70% by the middle of next year.

On June 14, the EU Council finally approved the removal of restrictions on intra-EU travel for holders of European-type COVID certificates. Vaccinated and coronavirus certificate holders do not have to undergo testing or quarantine if vaccinated with EMA-approved vaccines at least 14 days before travel.