Iceland is First Schengen Country to Grant COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates

Starting from January 21, 2021, Iceland authorities will issue ‘COVID-19 vaccination certificates’ to all Icelandic citizens who receive the second jab of the vaccine against the virus. vaccination certificate

Iceland thus becomes the first country in the Schengen Area to initiate the practice of issuing these documents to persons vaccinated against COVID-19, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

The decision has been announced by the Ministry of Health, which at the same time explained that the Office of the Medical Director of Health has been working on an electronic solution that enables people to obtain a vaccination certificate online – heilsuvera.is – which is now available and those vaccinated can receive their certificate through the same.

The aim is to facilitate the movement of people between countries so that individuals can present a vaccine certificate at the border and are then exempt from COVID-19 disease control measures in accordance with the rules of the country concerned,” the Ministry of Health notes in a press release on the move. vaccination certificate


It also notes that the certificates will be substantive and in accordance with existing European standards and the international rules on vaccination certificates. They also meet the guidelines of the Chief Epidemiologist.

Iceland has also decided to recognize all ‘COVID-19 vaccination certificates’ that will soon be issued by any of the EEA/EFTA countries. Travellers that reach Iceland’s points of entry and hold a document that proves they have been vaccinated in any of these countries will be exempt from official border control measures and are therefore not obliged to go through border screening procedures.

Will a vaccine passport be needed within the EU? vaccination certificate

Traditionally people have carried a paper vaccination certificate. But tech firms in the US and Europe have teamed up with The Commons Project to make a universal COVID-19 vaccine certificate accessible via an app. The aim is for CommonPass, which has already been trialed in some of the biggest airports around the world. to be accepted at every airport in the world .

The CommonPass app is still in trials, but there is an option to be notified when it becomes available.

In Europe, the EU Commission is being urged to consider introducing a vaccine certification programme for Schengen Area states. This would bring a huge boost to or the travel industry. In some countries, such as Greece, visitors with a COVID-19 vaccine are already being allowed to enter without restrictions. But will this mean that those who can’t or don’t want to be vaccinated will always be subject to travel restrictions?

Which European countries are introducing a vaccine passport?

Several European countries are now introducing exemptions for travellers who hold a vaccine certificate. With tourism taking such a colossal hit from the pandemic, governments are keen to get their economies moving again and they see a vaccine passport as the way to do it.

Poland is now allowing visitors who have a vaccine certificate to enter the country without restrictions. Likewise Denmark, Estonia and Iceland are looking to introduce the measure. And on Tuesday, Spain’s Tourism Minister, Reyes Maroto, announced that the country will be following suit.

A common ‘vaccination certificate’ may even be introduced by the EU Commission for the Member States to adopt, after the Greek OM Kyriakos Mitsotakis sent a letter to the Commission’s President Ursula von der Leyen, urging her to initiate the establishment of such a document in order to facilitate travel between the bloc.

In early December 2020, Cyprus had announced that by March 2021, its border authorities would permit to enter anyone who can show proof that he/she has been vaccinated, in addition to the regular entry requirements (passports, visas, etc.). vaccination certificate

 

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