Will travel be a privilege for corona vaccinated people in the future? A survey reveals that travel experts do not consider this thesis unlikely.
We can currently only dream of vacation – and yet travel experts are giving hope for a normal travel season from Whitsun *, but no later than summer. When the time comes and popular holiday destinations reopen their doors to tourists, travel may have changed a lot.
One aspect that is now being discussed by many politicians and tour operators is the lifting of restrictions on people who have been vaccinated against corona. While a general vaccination requirement is rejected in the EU and the USA, many fear a vaccination requirement through the back door: Hotels and airlines in particular could make the corona vaccination a prerequisite for a booking. A survey of tourism professionals shows: This fear is not so unfounded.
A survey conducted by the industry magazines among 1,300 tourism professionals revealed the following: 70 percent of those questioned fear that traveling around the world could be reserved for vaccinated people until the corona pandemic is overcome. It was published on Facebook and got big engagement from the EU and the USA residents. Two thirds of the travel experts assume a Europe-wide regulation that will soon make travel for immunized persons possible again. The Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has already dared to venture into this area and has asked the EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen for a uniform vaccination certificate . The question of a European corona vaccination pass will now be the subject of the EU video summit on Thursday.
Only with corona vaccination in the hotel and plane?
According to travel experts, airlines in particular will be flirting with the idea of mandatory vaccination. 67 percent of those questioned in the survey assume that soon only vaccinated people will be allowed on board. The Australian airline Qantas, for example, announced its plans to introduce compulsory vaccinations for intercontinental flights weeks ago. Due to the freedom of contract, airlines are entitled to refuse access to certain people. Hotels are also likely to reject customers accordingly – 47 percent of those surveyed assume that this will happen.
First countries exempt corona vaccinated people from the obligation to quarantine
The Republic of Moldova has lifted its entry ban for people who can prove they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus. The National Agency for Public Health maintains a list of countries that are affected by high infection rates and whose citizens – but also transit travelers – are not allowed to enter the republic. Nevertheless, there are also exceptions for travelers from these areas – for example, if they are Moldovan citizens. While they have to go into a 14-day quarantine after entry , this obligation does not apply to corona-vaccinated people.
This makes the Republic of Moldova one of the first European countries to lift travel restrictions for immunized people. Nevertheless, a travel warning from the Federal Foreign Office still applies – you do not have to be in quarantine when entering the country, but certainly when you return. Poland and Iceland also want to allow corona vaccinated people to enter the country. In Poland, there is now an exception for travelers who can provide proof of corona vaccination. All other travelers must continue to be in a ten-day quarantine until January 31st.