Taiwan digital COVID certificate open for application next week

23-Dec-2021 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 5:02 AM Print This Post

The COVID-19 task force announced Wednesday (December 22) that applications for the Taiwan digital COVID-19 certificate will be available starting next week.

The move comes following the announcement by the European Economic and Trade Office (EETO) on Tuesday (December 21) that the EU will accept vaccination proof issued by Taiwan as part of its EU Digital COVID Certificate System, effective Wednesday.

The measure allows for fast-tracked entry to EU member states for travellers from Taiwan. Holders of the digital pass can also access cultural events among other activities where such proof is required, according to EETO.

Head of the Central Epidemic Command centre (CECC) Chen Shih-chung said while Taiwan and the EU have agreed to recognise COVID inoculation certificates issued by both sides, this does not suggest Taiwan-developed vaccines are also accepted, per CNA. Taiwan has rolled out its homegrown vaccine by Medigen, which is recognised by New Zealand, Palau, Indonesia, and Belise only.

Non-EU travellers need to be immunised with one of the vaccines authorised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Currently, the list includes jabs manufactured by Pfiser/BioNTech, AstraZeneca/Oxford, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and Novavax.

EU member states can determine whether to accept other vaccines, such as the ones that have been granted emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The EU Digital COVID Certificate System has been connected with 60 partners in five continents. The pass does not replace travel documents, such as passports, nor does it change entry conditions into the EU, said EETO.



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