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As of Today, 3 Third Countries Join EU COVID-19 Vaccination Passport Gateway

The COVID-19 vaccination passport issued by North Macedonia, Turkey and Ukraine will be accepted for travel to the countries of the European Union and the Schengen area from today, August 20, after the EU Commission adopted three equivalent decisions for these countries.

The decision was made yesterday, August 20, and means that the relevant authorities in these three countries will be linked to the EU system, and COVID-19 certificates issued to their citizens will now be accepted in the EU, on the same terms. As the EU’s digital COVID certificate.

“At the same time, North Macedonia, Turkey and Ukraine have agreed to accept the EU digital COVID certificate for travel from the EU to their countries. Their participation in the EU digital COVID certificate will then facilitate safe travel to and from the EU,” the EU Commission noted in A press release announcing the decision.

Commenting on the decision, EU Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders showed his belief that the EU is setting international standards with the EU’s digital COVID certificate while also emphasizing that the agreement with North Macedonia, Turkey and Ukraine will help facilitate safe travel, beyond the bloc.

The EU Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement, Oliver Varhely, also praised the agreements, noting that more countries in Europe would soon join the gateway.

As we fight the pandemic together, our partners are also integral to opening up safely together. “I welcome Ukraine, North Macedonia and Turkey to the COVID digital certificate system and I look forward to reaching out to more of our neighbors soon,” Commissioner Varheli said.

The EU’s digital COVID certificate is a document created by the bloc in an effort to restore freedom of travel across member states to EU citizens by removing entry bans and other restrictions as quarantine and double testing of its holders.

While the idea of ​​creating such a document was first introduced in March, the first countries associated with it were on June 1, and by July 1, all EU/Schengen countries, except Ireland, were already issuing/verifying the document.

A certificate is a one-piece document that can be obtained in both paper and digital format. It is issued to those who have been fully vaccinated against the Coronavirus, with one of the COVID-19 vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency. It is up to Member States to decide whether they wish to issue the document to those who have been vaccinated with vaccines other than those approved by the EMA.

The certificate is also issued to those who have recently contracted and recovered from COVID-19, as well as to those who tested positive before leaving.

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