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BA unveils app-based ‘vaccine passport’ plan

BA unveils app-based ‘vaccine passport’ plan

Monday 15 March 2021

BA unveils app-based ‘vaccine passport’ plan

British Airways has revealed plans to allow passengers to prove they have had both covid jabs via their app in time for the UK’s planned border reopening.

While the dates for Jersey's border reopening remain unclear, under the UK ‘roadmap’, international travel is planned to resume on 17 May.

At that point, BA says that passengers will be able to upload their vaccination details in the 'Manage my booking' section of their smartphone app to prove they are ‘safe to fly.'

The airline’s Chief Executive, Sean Doyle, said he believed the UK should build on its vaccine programme and take a global lead in developing systems enabling people to travel. 

"It's fair to say that Britain has developed a really strong leadership position in coming out the other end of the pandemic," he commented.

"What we want to make sure is that we also take that leadership position into restoring travel and restoring the economy."


Pictured: Individuals who have had both covid jabs will be able to log that on BA's app.

All new arrivals into Jersey are treated as coming from a ‘red’ jurisdiction, meaning they can only leave isolation once they have received a negative covid test after 10 days of quarantine.

There is currently no date set for the resumption of more travel in and out of the island. The Government’s scientific advisers will today be discussing how Jersey will safely be able to open its borders before presenting their recommendations to Ministers. It is expected that Ministers will then make an announcement later this week.

Responding to questions from Express last week, Deputy Medical Officer for Health Dr Ivan Muscat reiterated that vaccine passports are a likely inevitability in future travel, and that Jersey is closely following international developments as it deliberates over what liberties a vaccination passport-carrying person will be entitled to.

He admitted that one of the issues that STAC would have to grapple with was that younger people may be disadvantaged in booking holidays, as vaccination appointments are only currently available to islanders aged 50 and over, those deemed clinically ‘at risk’ and health and social workers. Plans to vaccinate the under-50s are yet to be announced.

This could pose an issue for a family of different ages wishing to go on holiday together, Dr Muscat explained, as younger members may not have been vaccinated.

On Friday, Guernsey’s Government unveiled its plans to reopen the island’s borders.


Pictured: Guernsey unveiled its key travel dates as part of its 'Bailiwick Blueprint' for resuming normal life on Friday.

From 22 March, there will be no restrictions on  inter-island travel within the ‘Bailiwick Bubble’ – Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm – from 22 March.

Five weeks later – from 30 April – non-essential travel from outside the Bailiwick will be allowed, although there will be additional measures depending on where the traveller comes from and how serious the prevalence of covid there.

The regions fall into four broad categories, based on increasing levels of prevalence. Travellers from a Category 4 region, for example, will be tested on arrival and on day 13 of a 14-day period of self-isolation. Anyone declining a test will need to self-isolate for 21 days.


Pictured: Travel restrictions could be relaxed in Guernsey and, in some cases, dropped completely on 30 April depending on the prevalence of the virus in other jurisdictions.

If all goes well, Bailiwick borders will re-open fully on 1 July, with no country or regional variations.

However, this will still be subject to the first phase of Guernsey’s vaccine programme having been delivered and the first doses within the second.

A single test at the border, or administered pre-travel, may still be needed, depending on Public Health concerns.


Pictured: Guernsey's criteria that will decide how other countries and regions of the UK will be treated in the travel classification. 

However, islanders were warned “don’t go booking your holidays for early July just yet.”

Both Jersey and Guernsey's Chief Ministers have indicated that they'd be open to the possibility of an inter-island 'travel bubble' last month due to the low numbers of covid cases in each island, but there have been no concrete announcements on the topic since then.

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Posted by Private Individual on
This is forced vaccination whichever way you look at it with a total disregard for human rights and your freedom of choice. What about people who have an immune response disorder such as arthritis or a whole list of illnesses that prevent them from taking the vaccine?

It's a pity they did not bring in the same type of legislation over the prevalence of HIV which is still infecting millions every year.

Here are the facts:

"HIV continues to be a major global public health issue. In 2018 an estimated 37.9 million people were living with HIV (including 1.7 million children), with a global HIV prevalence of 0.8% among adults. Around 21% of these same people do not know that they have the virus.1

Since the start of the epidemic, an estimated 74.9 million people have become infected with HIV and 32 million people have died of AIDS-related illnesses. In 2018, 770,000 people died of AIDS-related illnesses."

Why is no one talking about the HIV epidemic that is raging across the world? This is just as important, why are we not being forced into taking antiviral drugs against HIV but we are being forced to take a vaccine against a flu virus?

It is outrageous that we are being forced into taking a drug that may have serious side effects on an individual person, which are now well documented across the world. Your human rights as an individual are being removed on a daily basis, this is discriminatory and should not be made compulsory for travel.
Posted by Private Individual on
What happens if you have cancer and need to travel to Southampton for medical care and do not wish to have the vaccine as you are seriously ill with the medication you are already taking?
Posted by IanSmith97 on
No vaccine no travel. This happens at the moment with yellow fever and other diseases.
Posted by IanSmith97 on
As long as it works on the BA app on ipad as I don’t have a smartphone.
Posted by Peter Garrett on
I expect anyone not vaccinated can use a negative test instead
So vaccination is still only choice
Posted by Private Individual on
Yes, but you don't need yellow fever, typhoid, or other diseases to travel to most western countries.

Besides the fact that every year they peddle out that you should have the flu jab which is by choice, not through a forced medical procedure against your will.
Posted by Jon Jon on
I know you can’t force the vaccine on people,it’s your choice same as taking a holiday ,but I do agree with what BA are looking at.
If your travelling to uk for cancer treatment or operations,your hardly likely to go on a two week trek on holiday.
Vaccine is only way out to a point,we’ve still no idea how long it will help you,if this virus mutates further ,how effective it will be,just something we will live with now.
Posted by Scott Mills on
is flying from jersey to the UK...internatonal??? when you don't need your passport, driving licence will do.
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