A map featuring the UK with a covid vaccination sticker on top

Proof of your covid-19 vaccination may be necessary for international travel

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The UK government is reportedly considering vaccine passports as a way of bringing people back to offices and factories. Some countries are already using them, while others weigh up the risks and benefits. Where will we use them, who will need them and why are they so controversial?

What is a covid-19 vaccine passport?

There is no set definition. According to the UK Department of Health and Social Care, it involves using testing or vaccination data to confirm in different settings that people have a lower risk …