According to the MEA, the EU has now established an EU digital COVID certificate to exempt vaccinated persons from travel restrictions.
India said on Friday that it expects the European Union to recognize its CoWIN vaccination certificate for travel on a reciprocal basis and that it is in contact with EU member states on the matter. The European Union has now introduced what is known as an EU digital COVID certificate for exempting limitations on the movement of vaccinated persons, according to Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi.
“We hope that Indians who have been vaccinated through our domestic vaccination program will be regarded equally to those who have been vaccinated in the EU and that the CoWIN vaccination certificate will be accepted by the EU on a reciprocal basis,” he stated in an online interview.
“As you may know, such CoWIN immunization certificates may be verified directly on the CoWIN website. In this respect, we are in contact with EU member states for mutual acceptance,” Bagchi added, stressing that a number of EU nations have already taken “good measures” in this area. His comments come a day after sources revealed that Covishield vaccinations are now accepted for travel to nine European countries. According to the reports, Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, and Spain are among the nations that allow persons who have received Covishield immunizations to travel.
According to them, Switzerland has accepted Covishield as a Schengen member. Separately, Estonia has indicated that it will accept any vaccinations approved by the Indian government for Indians traveling to that country, according to the sources.
India has previously requested that each EU member country consider permitting Indians who have received the Covishield and Covaxin vaccinations to travel to Europe. The Digital Covid certificate, or “Green Pass,” issued by the European Union went into force on Thursday, with the goal of facilitating unrestricted travel during the COVID-19 epidemic. Persons who have received vaccinations that have been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will be exempt from the travel
Individual member states can accept vaccinations that have been approved at the national level or that have been recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO). People who received the Covishield and Covaxin vaccines in India have been concerned that they may not be able to travel to European Union member states under the EU’s “Green Pass” system.
The ‘Green Pass’ will be required for travel to European nations and will act as confirmation that a person is COVID-19 vaccinated. When asked about the problem of vaccination rules in various nations and certain countries’ requests for re-vaccination, Bagchi stated it would depend on the country in question.
In response to questions on vaccine imports and exports, he stated that the government is making every effort to increase vaccine availability in the country, whether through domestic manufacturing or imports. “This is an issue for the concerned regulatory authorities in terms of individual vaccines and the status of their importation into India,” the MEA spokesman said. Bagchi underlined that India’s present goal in terms of vaccine supply is to focus on local manufacturing for its domestic immunization program, which he claims is going quickly. In response to a query on travel into India, he stated that the Health Ministry and the Ministry of Home Affairs are in charge of such matters.
When asked how many nations in Latin America had recognized manufactured in India vaccines, Bagchi stated that a big number of countries in the area are already utilizing them. In response to India and South Africa’s proposal for a temporary relaxation of some intellectual property rights rules in the TRIPS Agreement to cope with the COVID-19 epidemic, he stated India is still pursuing its COVID-related TRIPS waiver proposal.