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Vaccine passports will revive international travel: Booking Holdings CEO -

APRIL 07, 2021

by  Seana Smith·Anchor

As millions of Americans get vaccinated and the demand for travel returns, some big players in the travel industry are supporting the idea of vaccine passports in an effort to revive international travel.

“We need to start rebuilding international travel. And if there’s something like a technological way to show that you are safe to travel, then I am in favor of that,” Glenn Fogel, CEO of Booking Holdings (BKNG), the parent company of Booking.com, Kayak and Priceline, told Yahoo Finance. “We really need international travel to come back and the only way that's going to happen is if we have more people vaccinated and governments feel it is safe to travel.”

After more than a year of restrictions, a full travel rebound rests on reopening international destinations, especially in tourist reliant countries. A vaccine passport, which is a digital card that would show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, could help countries do just that. The idea is that it would help reopen borders by loosening some of the testing and quarantine mandates.

If it happens though, it’s up to the private and nonprofit sectors to implement a system. White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday said the administration will not support “a system that requires Americans to carry a credential” and that there will be “no federal mandate requiring everyone to obtain a single vaccination credential.”

BAY SHORE, NEW YORK - MARCH 03: Susan Maxwell-Trumble holds up a vaccination card at South Shore University Hospital after receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on March 03, 2021 in Bay Shore, New York. The new vaccine from the American pharmaceutical company is a single shot vaccine that has shown 85 percent protection against severe disease and can be stored at regular refrigeration temperatures. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
BAY SHORE, NEW YORK - MARCH 03: Susan Maxwell-Trumble holds up a vaccination card at South Shore University Hospital after receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on March 03, 2021 in Bay Shore, New York. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)


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