Recently, a friend of mine took a trip out of state to go see one of his favorite bands perform, live. After buying the tickets, booking a hotel room, and driving three hours to the venue, he discovered that he would not be allowed to enter the music venue because he had not yet been vaccinated.
Whether or not you agree, vaccine passports are becoming increasingly necessary in order to attend events or travel. While it remains unclear which countries will ultimately require these passports, one thing remains certain. Without one, traveling abroad anytime in the near future will become infinitely more difficult.
What Is A Vaccine Passport?
A vaccine passport provides proof that the bearer has been immunized against Covid and can travel without the need to quarantine. Some countries have begun developing apps that will allow you to download and then register your vaccination record. Other countries are discussing physical passports that you will need to carry, along with your actual passport, in order to enter the country.
How Do I Get A Vaccine Passport?
As I said before, many of these passports are still in their developmental stage. If you are an American who has received the Covid vaccine, you should have received a card, which has your name and the date (or dates) you were fully vaccinated.
For the time being, these cards serve as proof of your vaccination and will work as your “passport” for entry.
Can I Still Travel Without Being Vaccinated?
Yes, and no. At present, most countries open to Americans will still allow you to enter. However, without being vaccinated, you will have to show proof that you have received a negative Covid test, no more than 48 hours prior to your arrival in that country.
I have done a fair amount of international travel during Covid and have been able to take these Covid tests at the airport from where I departed. They cost anywhere from $40 to $200, depending on which country you are flying out of.
On top of taking a Covid test before your flight, many countries are still requiring visitors to quarantine for up to 21 days once they arrive at their final destination.
I’m not here to try and change anyone’s mind about the vaccine. I have several family members who don’t trust the vaccine and refuse to get it. I disagree with them, but I have no desire to make an argument out of it.
I recently flew home to get vaccinated for two reasons: I don’t want to get deathly ill in a foreign country, and I don’t want to deal with the tremendous hassle of going to a foreign country, only to spend most of my time there locked up in my hotel room.
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