One wonders if Covid travel passports are being used to win over the doubters. | Gemma Andreu

This week Balearic government sources said that one of the reasons for the Balearics posting some of the lowest Covid vaccinations figures in Spain is because a sizable percentage of the population does not believe in the vaccine. Combine that with the fact that the delivery of the vaccines to the Balearics has been slower than expected, then we have the reason for the poor roll out.

However, with the launch of the Covid travel passports, which will be available in the Balearics from today, will these passports eventually become vital when it comes to travel?
In the short term, those without the passport, quite simply because they have been called for a vaccination yet, will be able to have PCR or antigen tests when travelling instead.

However, in the long term, are airports and other ports of entry into countries going to maintain testing centres?

Will the vaccine passport become the only way to travel?
Obviously, wriggle room will have to be made for people who for grounded reasons are unable to be vaccinated, otherwise the passport could be branded discriminatory and an abuse of human rights, but the passports could pose a problem for people who don’t believe in the vaccine and decide against being vaccinated.
Is there more to the passports than meets the eye?