Passport, visa, vaccination? Covid-19 immunization may become compulsory for international travel, says Russian scientist

Russia’s chief infectious diseases specialist believes mandatory vaccination against coronavirus for those traveling abroad would be an effective measure to combat the pandemic.

Speaking to Russian news agency TASS, Vladimir Chulanov explained that forcing travelers to receive a jab would be up to each individual country, but it would be a “reasonable measure” to help prevent the spread of the virus.

“Vaccination is the most effective method of protection,” Chulanov said. “If we have a vaccine, such a measure may be introduced, but it all depends on countries’ decisions and the overall epidemiological situation.” 

Chulanov is not the first Russian official to float the idea of compulsory vaccinations. On September 10, Sergey Glagolev, an adviser to Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko, suggested making vaccination against Covid-19 a condition for international travel, explaining that most people travel by plane, using major airports, where there are many people from different countries.


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