European Commission recognizes COVID-19 certificates issued by Brazil

Even though almost all countries in the European Union have removed coronavirus restrictions, including travel restrictions, the European Commission continues to update the list of coronavirus vaccination certificates issued abroad, which are accepted as equivalent to those issued in the EU.

As of today, October 15, Brazil has also been added to the list of countries in which issued COVID-19 certificates are accepted by member states.

The decision was announced by the European Commission in a press release issued on Friday, October 15.

As a result, Brazil will be connected to the EU system, and the EU will accept its certificates under the same conditions as the EU COVID-19 digital certificate. This means that holders of certificates issued by Brazil will be able to use them under the same conditions as holders of an EU digital COVID-19 certificate, should it be necessary to reintroduce travel restrictions.“, specifies the press release.

He also notes that as part of the agreement, the government of Brazil has also accepted EU Digital COVID certificates issued in the EU.

The latest agreements in this regard were concluded in September with Albania, Andorra, the Faroe Islands, Israel, Monaco, Morocco and Panama when the EU recognized the COVID-19 certificates issued by the authorities of these countries.

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Commenting on the recently concluded agreement, European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders revealed that the decision to recognize certificates issued in Brazil brought to 76 the number of countries with which the EU has concluded such an agreement.

As we see and welcome a widespread lifting of restrictions and normal travel resuming, we welcome the use of the EU COVID digital certificate as an international standard“, said the commissioner.

The EU COVID-19 certificate is issued to people who are fully vaccinated, those who have recovered from the virus within the last 180 days, as well as those who test negative for COVID-19. The certificate first came into effect in July 2020, when the spread of the coronavirus was still at its peak.

The certificate has helped travel to member states gradually and safely return to normality, although now Spain remains the last EU and Schengen country with COVID travel restrictions in place.

However, there remains a possibility that the rest of the EU countries will soon introduce new restrictions in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus this winter since the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Center for Prevention and Disease Control (ECDC) say another wave of coronavirus infections has started in Europe.

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