Ah, vaccine passports. A controversial topic – but an important one nonetheless. From coast to coast, country to country, most governments have developed some version of the system that health officials hope will help flatten the curve during this fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic… but how do they differ? Because Canada is a smorgasbord of ideologies and beliefs, it can get a little confusing – but don’t worry! Luckily, there’s a new interactive map that shows exactly how it’s been applied not just in the great white north, but all over the world.

Now, before we get into it – it’s important that you know exactly what a vaccine passport is and what it does.

If you’re not already aware – it’s essentially a document (paper or digital) issued by the government to prove that you’ve been immunized – giving you access to non-essential services like restaurants and concert venues. To simplify – in a lot of ways, it’s just like a driver’s license.

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Photo via hellosafe.ca

Now, as you can see in the photo above, while entire countries like Australia, Sweden, and China have a single established system, In the US, Brazil, and Canada it really depends on which state, province, or territory you live in.

According to the information found on this map – which was made by insurance company Hello Safe – here’s when and how each region in Canada has applied its vaccine passport: 

Photo via hellosafe.ca

As we said, each province has dealt with this in totally different ways – with really only one thing uniting us all. Travel!

In Canada, despite where you live, vaccines will soon be mandatory for domestic air, plane, and boat travel.

For more information on travelling in, out and around Canada you can visit this page here, or see and actually click around this interactive map, you can check out this site here. 

Happy reading, folks!