The COVID-19 pandemic has hit hard all economies across the globe. Some of the economies most affected have been those heavily dependent on cross-border travel and tourism services. Millions of jobs have now been lost in this sector in Asia and the Pacific. As vaccination programmes are being rolled out across the world and countries reopen and/or lift quarantine requirements for people who have received vaccination, the ability of governments to effectively control who has or not been vaccinated is rapidly becoming key to facilitating the recovery of travel and tourism. The EU has recently deployed an electronic sanitary pass system enabling swift verification of vaccination status of citizens across all EU countries, enabling safe and nearly seamless movement of people to resume across borders – within the EU. ESCAP, in collaboration with WHO and development partners, is organizing a regional workshop to share information about the recent development, to learn lessons from some practices, and to explore ways of cooperation for establishing digital certificate system and mutual recognition of systems from different countries.
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