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Norwegian Cruise Line sues Florida surgeon general over vaccine passport ban

(CNN) — Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is suing Florida’s surgeon general over the state’s law that prohibits companies from requiring customers and employees to provide documentation of Covid-19 vaccination status.

According to the complaint filed Tuesday, NCLH says the lawsuit is a “last resort” because Florida had indicated it would prevent the company from “safely and soundly resuming passenger cruise operations” next month. It described the state law as an “anomalous, misguided intrusion.”

CNN has reached out to the Florida Department of Health for comment.

The NCLH complaint names Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees in his capacity as “the responsible state official.”

In April, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order banning the use of Covid-19 passports in the state. The order prohibited any government entity from issuing vaccine passports and blocks businesses from requiring any such documentation.
Senate Bill 2006 was signed into law on May 3, making that executive order official. “In Florida, your personal choice regarding vaccinations will be protected and no business or government entity will be able to deny you services based on your decision,” DeSantis said.

The cruise line, though, wants documentation that all passengers and crew members have been fully vaccinated.

“The upshot places NCLH in an impossible dilemma as it prepares to set sail from Florida: NCLH will find itself either on the wrong side of health and safety and the operative federal legal framework, or else on the wrong side of Florida law,” the complaint says.

NCLH is set to resume cruises from Florida on August 15 “in a way that will be safe, sound, and consistent with governing law,” the complaint says, citing regulations set by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The risk of transmission of COVID-19 among the unvaccinated in the close quarters of cruise ships coupled with the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines in preventing the spread of COVID19 and in reducing the deaths caused by COVID-19 makes transmission of information about COVID-19 vaccines a matter of life and death,” the complaint says.

NCLH is asking the court to suspend Florida’s prohibition, according to the lawsuit, filed in US District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

In May, NCLH CEO Frank Del Rio said Florida’s law could cause the company to move its ships elsewhere.

“At the end of the day, cruise ships have motors, propellers and rudders, and God forbid we can’t operate in the state of Florida for whatever reason, then there are other states that we do operate from, and we can operate from the Caribbean for a ship that otherwise would have gone to Florida,” he said during the company’s quarterly earnings call.

The CEO described the issue over the Covid regulations as a “classic state versus federal government issue.” He added, “Lawyers believe that federal law applies.”

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. operates three cruise lines: Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

CNN’s Theresa Waldrop contributed to this report.

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‘It’s a disgrace’: NHS vaccine passport scam warning as restrictions ease for Britons

“This is yet another example of unscrupulous fraudsters taking advantage of the pandemic to line their pockets.

“We all hope that the summer brings some enjoyment after what has been a period of unprecedented challenges for everyone, but scammers want to ruin that. It is vital that we not only avoid these scams, but also report them to Action Fraud.

“More data received means that the authorities can build a richer picture and identify the full scale of this serious issue.”

Police in Derbyshire, where thousands of people were targeted, said: “It appears scammers are already trying to use this scheme as part of a bid to trick people out of cash.

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EU vaccine passport chaos as airport time increases by 500% – ‘total lack of coordination’

According to Politico, a cyberattack has made it difficult for Ireland to get “all the technical solutions” in place by today, Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders said Wednesday.

However, Mr O’Leary urged the UK to unite with the EU on a plan for travel.

“The bit that’s uncertain is [whether] European countries will welcome in UK visitors without any restrictions,” he said.

“Will they accept the NHS app or will they have to produce other documentary evidence that they have been vaccinated.

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Queen Elizabeth enjoys exclusive passport perk which younger royals do not

Once any Royal Family member ascends to the throne, UK passports will be printed in their name and thus they will no longer require their own travel document.

Until then, though, they face all the same border checks as every other traveller – this includes visa applications when visiting specific nations.

In 2014, for example, Prince William and his wife the Duchess of Cambridge had to apply for a passport for Prince George’s first-ever overseas trip when he was just a few months old.

Of course, Royal Family members do get to enjoy some travel perks.

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Time spent in airports could reach 8 hours per trip without global vaccine passport

The greatest increases in time have been at check-in desks and passport control where, at the moment, travel health credentials like Covid-19 tests or passenger locator forms are being checked manually as paper documents.

If the system doesn’t change, the time spent at the airport could reach from five hours to eight hours per trip.

IATA director, Willie Walsh, said: “Without an automated solution for Covid-19 checks, we can see the potential for significant airport disruptions on the horizon.

“Already, average passenger processing and waiting times have doubled from what they were pre-crisis during peak time – reaching an unacceptable three hours.

READ MORE: British tourists turned away from Ryanair flight over Covid tests

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NHS app turns into a vaccine passport – more than 1m new users registered in the last days

The NHS app has added a new feature that allows people to access their Covid-19 vaccine records. The app has then turned into a vaccine passport, which travellers will be able to use this summer to show evidence they have received their jabs.
The app has seen more than 1.3 million new users in the last few days and since it started displaying the vaccine status.

The NHS app is one of the first internationally compliant systems in the world to show your vaccine records.

Since the international travel ban in the UK has been lifted and the EU announced that it will allow vaccinated tourists to travel quarantine-free this summer, millions of people in the UK rushed to download the new app.

It now shows your vaccine status, and how many doses you have received.

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The Covid-19 vaccine status service will be useful for those going on holiday soon, as it will allow users to show proof of their vaccine if required for entering a foreign country

When travelling internationally this summer, people will be allowed to quickly access their records and show that they have been fully vaccinated, or how many jabs they’ve had.

The existing NHS app already had more than four million users.

It allowed people to book GP appointments or order prescriptions.


Those who already have it on their smartphone, don’t need to do anything.

The app will automatically update and display their vaccination status.

However, people that have been vaccinated but don’t have access to the app, can call 119 and request a letter.

The letter will be sufficient proof that a person has received the two doses and is eligible to travel without restrictions.

Chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency, Jenny Harries, announced today the incredible increase in the number of people using the app and said that the prospects for ending all coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England on June 21 are “looking good”.

However, he explained people still need to be cautious for the time being, especially when travelling and as new variants of coronavirus continue to circulate.

More than 22.6 million people in the UK have had the two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

The nation is hoping to achieve the entire adult population by July 2021 for the first dose and autumn 2021 for both doses.

Since the new travel passport addition, it seems the NHS app will now be a must-have for Britons who want to travel abroad this summer.

At the moment different countries have different entry requirements.

Some have already said they will allow international travellers to enter without negative coronavirus tests or having to quarantine as long as they are fully vaccinated.

EU ambassador agreed on a proposal last week for borders to reopen to foreign who have received their Covid-19 vaccine.

The only condition will be that the vaccines that have been administered have the approval of the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

These will be Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen.

Tourists must have received their two jabs at least 14 days before their arrival, and children will be able to travel with vaccinated parents.

The new measure will allow Britons that have had their vaccine, to travel across Europe this summer with no restrictions, and they will easily be able to show proof with their NHS app.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Travel Feed