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ACI EUROPE & ACI World Urge G7 to Support Development of Internationally Recognised COVID Vaccination Passports

Airports Council International (ACI) for Europe and the World has urged the leaders of France, Germany and the United Kingdom to lend their support to continue implementing digital health permits, as the G7 summit began last week.

In a letter sent to the aforementioned leaders, the ACI also notes that they have been working with their industry and private sector partners to establish principles and standards for vaccination certifications, reports.

According to an ACI press release, the interoperability of the COVID-19 passport will be a major contribution to opening aviation, enabling tourism, one of the major economic sources for all countries, to recover from the pandemic.

“The urgency of restoring international civil aviation is indisputable as it is a major driver of economic recovery for the national, regional and global communities served by the industry,” ACI EUROPE and World noted.

ACI Europe Director General, Oliver Jankovic, along with ACI Global Director General, Luis Felipe de Oliveira, said the support of G7 leaders is critical to delivering digital health clearances worldwide, and taking all steps towards interoperability.

“Indeed, using health clearances that are secure and reliable and that protect user data will have benefits beyond the aviation industry and can be used for other social and economic activities,” they said in a press release.

During the pandemic, ACI has represented the interest of airports in the international community and aims to continue to support measures that can provide a safe return and recovery for the airline industry.

The global adaptation of the EU’s digital COVID-19 vaccine passport will enable vaccinated travelers, those who have recovered from the virus and those who have tested negative, to move freely across EU member states and help the travel and tourism sector return to pre-pandemic levels.

The document contains the main information about the holder, such as the first and last name, date of birth and country of issue. The recovery certificate indicates that the owner tested positive for the virus and recovered. In order to receive a recovery test, an applicant must submit a positive PCR and RAT test.

The test certificate can be issued if the bearer has undergone a PCR or Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) test, which must be negative.

The vaccination certificate must show that the holder has been vaccinated with both doses of the four vaccines authorized by the European Medical Agency (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Oxford, Janssen)

Thirteen countries such as Germany, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Poland and Denmark have started offering COVID-19 EU passports to their citizens, ahead of the July 1 deadline.

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