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EU Recognises Three Further Third-Country COVID Certificates As Equivalent To The EU Digital COVID Certificate

The European Union Commission has recognized digital COVID-19 certificates issued by Indonesia, Seychelles, and Vietnam as equal to EU COVID Certificates granted by authorities in EU nations.

According to, such a decision was verified in a statement released by the European Union Commission and comes in an effort to better simplify the travel process. Passengers from the three countries indicated above will now be able to enter the EU under the same conditions as those who hold EU Digital COVID-19 certificates.

“With the addition of Indonesia, Seychelles, and Vietnam, the total number of nations and territories linked to the EU system now stands at 67.” Furthermore, with the summer approaching, the EU certificate will make it easier for Europeans to travel inside the EU and beyond. As a result, while we are pleased to see that the situation is improving, the certificate continues to be a helpful tool for many destinations, such as in the case of testing requirements,” European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders stated in this respect. As per the European Commission’s release, the decision will go into force tomorrow, May 11.

The European Union Commission said last month that it would recognize COVID-19 certificates produced by authorities in Colombia and Malaysia as equal to the EU Digital COVID Certificate.

“As a result, these two countries are now linked to the EU’s system, and the EU will recognize their COVID certifications under the same terms as the EU Digital COVID Certificate.” This also means that holders of Colombian and Malaysian certificates will be able to use them under the same conditions as holders of an EU Digital COVID Certificate, according to the Commission in a statement.

Initially, the EU Commission announced in two separate decisions that it would recognize COVID-19 certificates issued by Benin and Jordan as equivalent to the EU Digital COVID Certificate, allowing holders of such documents to enter the EU Member States under the same rules as those who hold the EU Digital COVID Certificate. Authorities in the EU countries developed the EU Digital COVID certificate to ease the travel process for holders of such documents in the midst of the COVID-19 scenario.

Furthermore, it was confirmed that EU countries granted approximately 1.7 million EU COVID Certificates since June 2021.

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