The European Commission (EC) has recognized the digital COVID-19 certificates of Indonesia, Seychelles, and Vietnam as equivalents to the EU COVID Certificates issued by authorities in EU countries, according to the verified Facebook page of the Vietnamese government.
Such a decision means that the three countries will be connected to the EU system and the EU will accept their COVID-19 certificates under the same conditions as its own Digital COVID Certificate.
Therefore, visitors from the three countries will be permitted to enter the bloc under the same rules as those who hold EU Digital COVID Certificates.
At the same time, all the three countries have decided to accept EU Digital COVID Certificates.
The EC decision took effect on Wednesday, according to the Vietnamese government’s Facebook post.
With the accession of Indonesia, Seychelles, and Vietnam, the number of countries and territories connected to the EU system has increased to 67, the Vietnamese government cited European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders as saying.
“Moreover, in view of the summer, the EU certificate will facilitate the movement of Europeans within the EU and beyond,” Reynders pointed out.
He also expressed his delight that the pandemic situation is improving and the certificate remains a useful tool for many destinations in respect of testing requirements.
The EU Digital COVID Certificate, abbreviated as EUDCC, can be regarded as a form of 'vaccine passport' allowing people to move freely between destinations connected in the system without facing any obstacles from their COVID-19 prevention and control policies.
EU citizens are qualified for this certificate as long as they meet one of the three requirements of vaccination against COVID-19, obtaining the latest negative test result for coronavirus or proof of immunity after contracting COVID-19.
The EU officially applied the EUDCC across its 27 member states from July 1, 2021 in the hope of recovering the tourism industry.