Brits desperately hoping for a summer holiday abroad look set to be able to use coronavirus “vaccine passports” soon as next month, it has been reported.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is said to want the Covid certificates ready to go by May 17 – but only for foreign travel.
A domestic Covid certificates scheme – which could give proof Brits have had either a vaccine, a previous Covid infection or a recent negative test to enter events in the UK – are unlikely to be ready next month, according to the Telegraph.
The newspaper reports the controversial plans were discussed in a phone call on Wednesday between government officials and top travel industry figures.
An official told the publication: “We aim to give people the ability to prove their vaccine status by the time international travel restarts where other countries require it.
“The earliest that will restart is May 17.”
The passports would allow entry into the as yet unconfirmed countries demanding proof of vaccination.
A Department for Travel spokesperson said: “We are working on a solution to enable residents to prove their Covid-19 status, including vaccination status, to other countries on the outbound leg.
“We are working on this as a priority and intend to have the solution ready as soon as possible.”
It comes after holidays appeared a step closer for Brits because of the UK’s incredible vaccine success.
The green light could be given for a return in early June, it has been claimed.
The Sun report nations with strong vaccine figures are likely to be exempt from a blanket entry ban.
The government have already confirmed a three-colour traffic light system is going to be used to get the travel industry back on its feet.
But introducing vaccine passports risks creating a ‘two-tier society’ which could lead to millions feeling discriminating against.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission also believe mandatory Covid-19 status certificates – which would provide proof of whether you’ve had two doses of the jab – are “likely to be unlawful”.
It could create a situation where people from groups where vaccine take up is lower are barred from social events, venues and even travel.
A review found they could “potentially play a role” in settings such as theatres, nightclubs and mass events in the months ahead.
They are also being considered for use in pubs and restaurants to reduce social distancing restrictions.
But the commission says they could create a “two-tier society whereby only certain groups are able to fully enjoy their rights”.