Covid Passport: Essential for Economic Recovery

Central America must be the driving force behind a globally accepted document that will be vital for the recovery of the global economy and tourism in particular.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

The generation of a physical or digital document of global acceptance (like national passports) that certifies that the bearer has been vaccinated against Covid-19 will facilitate the movement of people that has been severely restricted as part of the measures adopted by governments, both locally and internationally, to contain the pandemic.

The sector most affected by these measures to contain the mobility of people is undoubtedly tourism. As this industry is very important for Central American countries, it is essential that both national governments and regional bodies such as the Secretariat for Central American Tourism Integration join existing initiatives.

You may be interested in "Tourism and Travel: Consumer Interests and Preferences"

Two articles in the New York Times discuss the subject, one explaining it reasonably, and the other unfortunately exposing ethical doubts about its use (in a typical exercise of political rightness) putting above the benefits of its implementation the eventual ethical risk of its use, by discriminating between vaccinated and unvaccinated people. In any case, this inevitable discrimination is already being practiced, through the obligation to show negative Covid-19 test certificates for international travel.

Central America needs to recover its tourism industry. The Covid1-9 passport is a vital tool for this to happen as quickly as possible.

Jorge Cobas Gonzalez
Director of Predik Data Driven

See The New York Times articles "Vaccine passports: the next political focus of COVID-19" and "Coming soon: the 'vaccine passport".

More on this topic

Delay in Vaccination = Downgrading of Risk Ratings

May 2021

For Fitch, the delay in vaccination campaigns constitutes a latent risk of a prolonged pandemic, which would delay the recovery of the region's economies and would cause negative pressures on the risk ratings to be issued in the coming months.

Fitch Ratings issued a bulletin for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean on May 25, in which it warned that given the deep economic contractions in the region and the moderate recovery outlook, there are threats of negative rating pressures.

Tourism in Guatemala: Reopening Must Wait

July 2020

The revival of national tourism was planned for July 15, but due to the current conditions of the covid-19 outbreak, the new date to allow tourism activities at the local level is expected to be August 15.

The spread of the virus forced the Guatemalan authorities to close the borders to visitors, ban commercial flights and restrict tourist activities throughout the country.

Health Tourism: Forecasts for Revival

April 2020

Businessmen in Guatemala estimate that patients who visit the country with the aim of buying medical treatment will take between 9 months and a year to regain confidence in making the trip.

The sector is practically paralyzed, since due to the covid-19 outbreak worldwide, several countries have decided to close their borders and air terminals, and airlines are keeping their units on the ground.

Tourism in Danger by Covid-19

March 2020

One of the most relevant sectors for the Costa Rican economy is declared in "Total Emergency and State of Calamity", as it is the first time in the "zero" season that total income ceases.

The Board of Directors of the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) stated that all State institutions, Powers of the Republic, Autonomous and Semi-Autonomous Institutions, as well as Municipalities throughout the country, are required to collaborate in the broadest and most expeditious manner within the framework that the serious reality demands, in order to alleviate the situation of the Private Tourism Sector.