A NEW scheme which will allow British holidaymakers to go abroad hassle-free will introduce “vaccine stamps” that will be added to passports.
The stamps, which would show that the holder had been given the vaccine, would be an internationally recognised stamp to allow entry to other countries.
The Department of Transport has put forward the suggestion for when international travel picks up again next year, according to The Telegraph.
Tory MP James Sunderland, who raised the need for passport vaccines to the Prime Minister, told the Telegraph that it was a “fantastic way” to allow people to travel freely.
He added: “We must do everything possible to boost the economy by re-opening our travel, hospitality, leisure and business sectors and how fantastic would it be to have our planes, trains and boats full again.
“A vaccination stamp is simple, would save all the hassle at either end and really boost confidence.”
Some airlines are already requiring a vaccination to allow passengers to board, such as Australian airline Qantas.
The airline’s CEO Alan Joyce told Australian media: “Whether you need that domestically, we’ll have to see what happens with COVID-19 in the market, but certainly for international visitors coming out and people leaving the country, we think that’s a necessity.”
The Pfizer-BionTech vaccine could be rolled out as soon as next week, with NHS staff at hospitals first to be given it from December 7.
Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca have all said their experimental vaccine shots are highly effective, providing hope for the travel industry.
Oxford’s coronavirus vaccine can stop up to 90 per cent of people from getting the disease, according to findings, with Britain having pre-ordered 100m doses of the jab.
The Oxford/AstraZeneca jab is cheaper and easier to distribute than the US’s Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which both revealed similarly promising results of around 95 per cent effectiveness earlier this month.
A number of countries now require a negative coronavirus test from all arrivals as part of their stricter entry requirements.
Here is everything you need to know about getting a negative coronavirus test for your holiday – which can cost up to £200 per person.