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QUESTION NO.2010 INTRODUCTION OF VACCINE PASSPORTS

August 05, 2021

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.2010
TO BE ANSWERED ON 05.08.2021

INTRODUCTION OF VACCINE PASSPORTS

2010. SHRI HARSHVARDHAN SINGH DUNGARPUR:

Will the Minister of External Affairs be pleased to state:

(a) whether Government plans to introduce vaccine passports to bring ease of travel to and from foreign destinations;

(b) if so, the details of the personal information which would be included in the digital vaccine passport;

(c) whether Government is planning to collaborate with other countries to bring out an interoperable Passport;

(d) whether Government has started negotiating with foreign countries and other international organisations for vaccine passports; and

(e) if so, the details of the countries/organisations with which Government has initiated talks?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[SHRI V. MURALEEDHARAN]

(a) to (e) There is no plan currently to introduce vaccine passports. While there have been multilateral discussions, including under the framework of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), regarding COVID-19 vaccination certificates, no multilateral arrangements in this regard have been reached so far. India has been part of ongoing discussions to ensure that Indian manufactured vaccines are duly recognised in any multilateral arrangement. India is also engaging with countries for the mutual recognition of vaccination certificates.

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