New Delhi, Jun 30 (UNI): India has urged EU member countries to individually consider allowing persons who have taken Covid-19 vaccines such as Covishield and Covaxin in India to travel to the 27 EU nations.
It has requested individual EU countries to accept the vaccination certificate issued through the CoWIN portal, saying that the genuineness of such vaccination certification can be authenticated on the portal.
Sources in the government said they have noted the European Union Digital Covid Certificate framework, to facilitate free movement during the Covid pandemic, is to come into effect from 1 July 2021. Under this framework, persons vaccinated with vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency will be exempted from travel restrictions within the EU.
Individual member states have the flexibility to also accept vaccines that have been authorized at the national level or by the World Health Organization.
The sources also said that India will institute a reciprocal policy for recognition of the EU Digital Covid Certificate, and this has been conveyed to the EU member nations.
The EU’s vaccine passport programme, called Green Pass, has approved only four vaccines — Vaxzevria (Oxford Astrazeneca), Comirnaty (Pfzizer-BioNTech), Spikevax (Moderna) and Janssen (Johnson&Johnson).