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Covid-19 vaccination, testing proof should only be ‘temporary’ travel requirements, IATA says

In this photo illustration, a message saying “COVID-19 PCR test result has been verified, of Travel Pass app mobile application by IATA (International Air Transport Association) seen displayed on a smartphone screen in front of IATA logo.

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Travel restrictions that require proof of Covid-19 vaccines or negative tests should be lifted once the pandemic is under control, the new head of the International Air Transport Association said Wednesday.

“These are measures that may be necessary as temporary arrangements while we go through this crisis, but once we’re through it, we want to see

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Spring breakers won’t need proof they’re COVID-free to vacation in Baja California

TIJUANA (Border Report) — Tourists from north of the border don’t have to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test to enter the state of Baja California during Spring Break, the state’s Tourism Secretary Mario Escobedo Carignan said.

“Restricting access is solely for our southern border, it’s not the appropriate time to do it along our northern border, there’s no reason for it especially just before Spring Break when Americans flock to Baja,” Escobedo Carignan said.

Spring Break is a crucial time for businesses that depend on tourists, especially as they try to make up for lost revenue

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Digital passports as proof of vaccination or testing

All travelers who want to fly to the U.S. are required to present proof of negative Covid-19 tests. For now, proof takes the form of a printout of a test result or a photo of the result — creating opportunities for misunderstandings or potential fraud. Newly launched digital initiatives hope to clear up any ambiguity, standardize information and share the information securely.

International travel is likely to be the first industry to use new digital passports. One of the first flights to trial a new “digital passport” embedded with vaccination information and test results took off Thursday morning, a Qatar

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