Tony Blair has reportedly urged Boris Johnson to push the G7 to set up a 'global vaccine passport scheme' which could allow for freer travel during the pandemic.

In a report published by the Tony Blair Institute (TBI), the ex-PM said border restrictions were 'disjointed' and wants the UK to put the creation of 'global Covid-19 travel passes' at the forefront of the seven-country club's agenda.

The report is also said to have added that the tough new travel restrictions announced on Wednesday would be much more difficult to untangle without a vaccine passport, the Telegraph reports.

Mr Blair was reported to have said the passport should be digital and capable of tracking and verifying an individual’s coronavirus status, wherever they travel in the world.

Travellers will have to declare a valid reason before leaving the UK under new Covid rules
Travellers will now have to declare a valid reason before leaving the UK under new Covid rules

This would also reportedly include details of any vaccination the person may have had, along with the results of Covid tests, and this information could be accessed at borders by scanning a QR code.

Speaking to the paper, the former prime minister said that development of the scheme was 'inevitable' and would 're-connect' the globe.

Talking of the risks of not adopting the measure, he said: "One is that everyone just does their own thing, which is much more chaotic and difficult to manage.

"Or secondly, there's a set of rules in place that you may not be that happy with.

The vaccine passport would include details of any vaccination the person may have had, along with the results of Covid tests

“It's better to have common rules and a common verification system, so that people know what your disease status is and know it with some validation."

He added that set standards would help ensure the safe reopening of borders as well as help economic recovery, particularly for the travel industry.

The comments come after the Government announced earlier that travellers who arrive into the UK from countries which are deemed high-risk because of coronavirus will need to spend their isolation in ‘quarantine hotels.'

Similar hotels already exist in Australia and New Zealand, which see travellers escorted from airports to the hotels, where they must stay in their room for the full self-isolation period.