Holiday vaccine passports needed for Spain from June

It looks more likely than ever that British holidaymakers will be required to carry some sort of holiday vaccine passport for international travel after May 17. 

See here for our FAQs guide to holiday vaccine passports, but here is a snapshot on privacy concerns.

How will a vaccine passport keep my data private?

Both Iata and the EU have said they will ensure the sensitive medical data will be kept secure.

Dr Richard Dawood said: “All the apps I have seen so far are based on the idea that data storage is local (on an individual’s smartphone) rather than central, with privacy at the fore.

“The Iata app will also be able to access (private) test results for travel and will link the available data to published entry requirements relating to intended travel, turning ‘green’ or ‘red’ according to whether the requirements have been correctly met, and the others seem to work in a similar way.

“They are still in development and have had some small-scale trials. How the NHS will make vaccine data available, accessible, and verifiable, is the key practical question. It has been obvious from the very start that this would be needed, so it ought to have been clearly thought through.”

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