The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has acclaimed the European Commission for delivering the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EU DCC) in a record time and called on countries worldwide to adopt the document as standard for digital vaccines certificates.
In a press release issued by the association, its Deputy Director-General Conrad Clifford is quoted to have said that the EU COVID Certificate should be an example for countries planning to create such a document, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
“The DCC was delivered in record time to help facilitate the reopening of EU states to travel. In the absence of a single global standard for digital vaccine certificates, it should serve as a blueprint for other nations looking to implement digital vaccination certificates to help facilitate travel and its associated economic benefits,” Clifford said.
The document can be issued in paper and digital format, including a QR code, which carries out essential information on the holder. All EU citizens that have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, have recovered from the virus or tested negative recently are eligible to obtain the document. The document is free of charge and is issued in the national language of the travellers and in English since it is valid in all EU and Schengen Area countries.
The gateway allows travellers to authenticate certificate signatures across the EU and can be used to share the protected data among other issuers, which is also recognised for cross-country travel.
Furthermore, the document is being successfully issued and verified in 27 EU member states, with North Macedonia, Turkey and Ukraine, as third countries connecting to the gateway on August 20.
“As we fight the pandemic together, our partners are also an integral part of opening up safely together. I welcome Ukraine, North Macedonia and Turkey in our Digital COVID Certificate system and look forward to more of our neighbours connecting soon,” Commissioner Várhelyi said while welcoming the countries to the gateway.
About 60 other countries are planning to use DCC specifics are they are approved and recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as well as IATA. Previously, IATA recognised the EU’s and UK’s vaccination certificates, enabling holders of the document to travel freely across the countries by presenting digitally or physically their proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or recovery from the virus.
However, in order to get the document, the traveller has to be vaccinated with one of the European Medicines Agency authorised vaccines (Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Janssen). VisaGuide.World has created a tool that indicates which vaccine is accepted in their country or destination country.
Up until August 27, the EU countries, as well as Norway, Lichtenstein, Switzerland, Iceland, Turkey, Ukraine and North Macedonia, have issued over 350 million certificates of this type.