The Foreign, Commonwealth Office and Development (FCDO) has warned NHS COVID Pass holders to re-download the document before travel, as documents issued before 1 November for travel will not be recognized by the 27-nation bloc or 17 non-EU countries that have joined the EU DCC portal. .
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In other words, it means that British holidaymakers who downloaded or printed a PDF copy of their COVID passport before Monday may not be able to board flights to the EU. Even if they did so with other proof of vaccination, they would not be able to enter restaurants, museums and other public places while on holiday with an NHS card downloaded before Monday, TheSchengen.com reports.
“If you are traveling with a printed PDF document to prove your vaccination status, it must be dated 1 November to ensure that the certificate can be scanned successfully,” the FCDO advises British citizens.
The problem is believed to lie in the unique QR codes of the PDF version of NHS COVID Passes, which due to technical difficulties, cannot be recognized by the regulations of the European Union and 17 non-EU countries, which include Albania, Andorra, Israel, Monaco, Morocco, Panama, Faroe Islands , Iceland, Armenia, Liechtenstein, North Macedonia, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Vatican City.
Since the recognition, EU member states will allow fully vaccinated Britons to enter without quarantine requirements. However, PCR testing performed before or after arrival should be offered to those who have not been fully vaccinated. Furthermore, unvaccinated UK nationals are required to take a PCR test upon arrival on French soil, regardless of whether or not a pre-departure test result is submitted.
An NHS COVID Pass is issued to those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with one of the following vaccines:
Moderna Oxford / AstraZeneca Pfizer / Bioantek Janssen
Moreover, those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last three days (depending on the type of test) can be allowed to enter the country without going into quarantine.
Moreover, presentation of the COVID-19 Health Entry Card to enter public places has become the norm in 16 EU countries, where restaurants, bars, cafes, entertainment venues and other purpose facilities require proof of vaccination, recovery or negative test result in order to be allowed for travelers.
According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), there were 33,546 positive cases in the UK in the last hours and 292 deaths from the virus.
The UK website for immunization data shows that 50,071,683 have received the first dose of the vaccine, 45,752,487 have received the second dose, while 8,652,842 have been given a third dose or booster dose in the country as of 2 November.
Currently, 87.1% of the UK population received the first dose of the vaccine, followed by 79.6% who received the second dose, and 15% who received the booster vaccine.