The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has commended the European Commission for delivering the European Union’s COVID Digital Certificate (EU DCC) in record time and called on countries around the world to adopt the document as a standard for digital vaccine certifications.
In a press release from the association, the association’s deputy director general, Conrad Clifford, was quoted as saying that the EU’s COVID certification should serve as an example for countries planning to create such a document, TheSchengen.com reports.
“The DCC was delivered in record time to help facilitate the reopening of EU countries to travel. In the absence of a single global standard for digital vaccine certificates, it should serve as a blueprint for other countries looking to implement digital vaccination certificates to help facilitate travel and the associated economic benefits ‘ Clifford said.
The document can be issued in both paper and digital form, including a QR code, which carries out basic information about the bearer. All EU citizens who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, have recovered from the virus or have recently tested negative are eligible for the document. The document is free and issued in the national language of travelers and in English as it is valid in all countries of the European Union and the Schengen area.
The portal allows travelers to authenticate certificate signatures across the European Union and can be used to share protected data between other issuers, which is also recognized for cross-country travel.
Furthermore, the document is being released and successfully verified in 27 EU member states, with North Macedonia, Turkey and Ukraine, as third countries connected to the portal on August 20.
As we fight the pandemic together, our partners are also integral to opening up safely together. I welcome Ukraine, North Macedonia and Turkey into our COVID digital certification system, and I look forward to connecting with more of our neighbors soon, Commissioner Varheli said while welcoming countries to the portal.
About 60 other countries plan to use the details of the DCC, as it has been approved and recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as the IATA. Previously, EU and UK vaccination certificates were recognized by the IATA, enabling document holders to travel freely across countries by providing digital or physical proof of being vaccinated against COVID-19 or recovering from the virus.
However, in order to obtain the document, the traveler must be vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Janssen). VisaGuide.World has created a tool that indicates which vaccine is acceptable in their country or destination.
As of August 27, EU countries, as well as Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Iceland, Turkey, Ukraine and North Macedonia, have issued more than 350 million certificates of this type.