Had you asked anyone 5 years ago what they thought of having to show vaccine passports to enter a concert, they would have told you it was something out of a science fiction novel. Today, it's very much our reality.
The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 changed so much about our lives. From flights being grounded to restaurants closing their doors, to festivals being canceled, to most of us going into full lockdown in our homes—life post-March 2020 is very different.
But, science is amazing. It was able to come out with a safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19 in a matter of months. Now, as vaccine rollout picks up the pace around the world, regulators are asking themselves "what can we do to get people back out there safely?".
Enter the COVID-19 vaccine passport.
And actually, storing this information in a designated format is not new. Think back to when you were a kid. Chances are, your doctor had a card that reflected your vaccine status for a number of illnesses like polio, for example. As an adult, if you've traveled anywhere exotic, you've probably been vaccinated for things like yellow fever. That would have been carefully noted in your vaccine records that form part of your broader health record. Don't remember? Ask your doctor.
Other countries, on the other hand, are requiring COVID-19 passports for specific things only. Concerts are a good example of where someone might need to show their vaccine status.
It's also a fundamental entry requirement for international travel to many countries. For those traveling abroad (or, in some countries, between states or regions), you need to provide proof that you don't have COVID-19. That can be in the form of a negative test result (PCR or antigene), or with clear proof of your vaccination status. Make sure you check your destination's entry requirements before you travel.
Living in the 21st century means that we don't have to carry around vaccine cards anymore. Even this has gone digital. But, as you well know, there are apps for everything nowadays—and MANY of them. So, how do you know which is the best COVID-19 vaccine passport app?
We did the research for you. Here's our list of the top 10 best apps to help you:
TravelPerk aims to provide simplicity to business travelers by giving them the opportunity to manage every aspect of their trip within the app. And yes, that includes storing vaccination records!
All TravelPerk iOS users will now be able to use the app to create a COVID Certificate Pass. This will then be accessible in the apps' mobile wallet. It's simplicity itself! Download it for