Union Minister of Health Mansukh Mandaviya. Photo: Twitter / @ mansukhmandviya
New Delhi: Ninety-six countries have agreed to mutual recognition of COVID-19 vaccination certificates with India, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Tuesday.
The government continues to communicate with the rest of the world so that beneficiaries of the world’s largest COVID-19 vaccination program are accepted and recognized, making it easier to travel for educational, business and tourism purposes, said Mandaviya in a statement.
“At present, 96 countries have agreed to mutual recognition of vaccination certificates as well as those that recognize Indian vaccination certificates of travelers fully vaccinated with Covid vaccines approved by Covishield / WHO / nationally approved”, Mandaviya said.
As a result, people traveling from these countries benefit from certain flexibilities as set out in the Union Ministry of Health guidelines on international arrivals published on October 20, 2021.
For those wishing to travel abroad, the international travel vaccination certificate can also be downloaded from the Co-WIN portal, the ministry said.
Among the 96 countries are Canada, United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain, Bangladesh, Mali, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Angola, Nigeria, Benin, Chad, Hungary, Serbia, Poland, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece, Finland, Estonia, Romania, Moldova, Albania, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Sweden, Austria, Montenegro and Iceland.
Eswatini, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Malawi, Botswana, Namibia, Kyrgyz Republic, Belarus, Armenia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Georgia, Andorra, Kuwait, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Maldives, Comoros, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Peru, Jamaica, Bahamas and Brazil have also agreed to mutual recognition of COVID-19 vaccination certificates with India.
Guyana, Antigua and Barbuda, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, Commonwealth of Dominica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Nepal, Iran, Lebanon, State of Palestine, Syria, South Sudan, Tunisia, Sudan, Egypt, Australia, Mongolia and Philippines are the other countries.
“The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of External Affairs are in continuous communication with all countries for mutual recognition of vaccine certificates, and vaccines approved by WHO and nationally to facilitate hassle-free international travel through countries, ”the minister said.
“The Union Government’s commitment to step up the pace and expand the reach of COVID-19 immunization across the country has made it possible to pass the 100 crore dose administration milestone on October 21, 2021” , did he declare.
Cumulative vaccine doses administered in the country so far as part of the national COVID-19 vaccination campaign have exceeded 109.08 crore.