Can Vaccination Help Restart Tourism?

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The tourism sector has been one of the hardest hit by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Asia and the Pacific saw international tourist arrivals plummet more than 80% year on year in 2020. With border restrictions still in place for much of 2021, the outlook remains daunting.

This brief examines how vaccine passes, a digital or hard copy pass that documents receipt of a particular vaccination, could support cross-border travel and help revive the tourism sector.


  • Introduction
  • Vaccination and Travel
  • Policy Recommendations

Published August 2021.
Source: Asian Development Bank

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