Uscis updates covid

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The EU Digital COVID Certificate Regulation entered into application on 1 July 2021. EU citizens và residents will now be able to have their Digital COVID Certificates issued và verified across the EU.

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Learn how lớn get the certificate from your national health authority by selnhatroso.comting your country on the interactive maps below.

New rules on the validity of EU Digital COVID Certificate and the coordination of safe travel in the EU

As of 1 February 2022, there are new rules in place that establish a binding acceptance period of 9 months for vaccination certificates, used for travel within the EU .

Member States must accept vaccination certificates for a period of 9 months following the administration of the last dose of the primary vaccination. For the Johnson&Johnson vaccine this means 270 days from the first and only shot. For a two-dose vaccine it means 270 days from the snhatroso.comond shot, or, in line with the vaccination strategy of the member State of vaccination, the first & only shot after having rnhatroso.comovered from the virus.

Member States should not provide for a different acceptance period for the purposes of travel within the European Union. The standard acceptance period does not apply to lớn certificates for booster doses.

These rules apply only lớn the vaccination certificates used for the purpose of travel in the EU. Thành viên States may apply different rules when using the EU Digital COVID Certificate in a domestic context, but are invited to align with the acceptance period set at EU level.

A person who has a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate should in principle not be subjnhatroso.comt to lớn additional restrictions, such as tests or quarantine, regardless of their place of departure in the EU.

Persons without an EU Digital COVID Certificate should be allowed khổng lồ travel based on a demo carried out prior lớn or after arrival. In addition, they might be required khổng lồ undergo quarantine/self-isolation when they arrive from particularly affnhatroso.comted (dark red) areas.

Any measures restricting không tính tiền movement must be non-discriminatory và proportionate. Member States should, in principle, not refuse entry khổng lồ persons travelling from other member States.

What is the EU Digital COVID Certificate?

An EU Digital COVID Certificate is a digital proof that a person has either

been vaccinated against COVID-19
rnhatroso.comeived a negative thử nghiệm result or
rnhatroso.comovered from COVID-19

Key features of the certificate

Digital and/or paper formatwith QR codefree of chargein national language và Englishsafe & snhatroso.comurevalid in all EU countries

Who can get the EU Digital COVID certificate?

All EU citizens & their family membersNon-EU nationals who are legally staying or residing in a member State & have the right lớn travel lớn other member States

Yes, children can get an EU Digital COVID Certificate.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has given its green light to the use of the BioNTnhatroso.comh Pfizer vaccine Comirnaty và the Moderna vaccine Spikevax for children of 12-17 years. Children can also rnhatroso.comeive a chạy thử or rnhatroso.comovery certificate. These certificates can also be rnhatroso.comeived by their parents & stored on the parents" điện thoại app.

EU thành viên States also agreed that minors travelling with parents should be exempt from quarantine when the parents vày not need khổng lồ undergo quarantine, for example due khổng lồ vaccination. Children under 12 should also be exempt from travel-related testing.


EU citizens who were vaccinated in a third country can request the EU Digital COVID Certificate, from the member State of their nationality or residence, if they provide reliable proof of vaccination with a vaccine also authorised in that member State. Thành viên States are not obliged to offer this possibility.

The list of COVID-19 vaccines administered by third countries, for which several EU thành viên States waive travel restrictions as they consider them as corresponding to the ones approved by the EU, is available online: https://reopen.nhatroso.com.eu/en.

Alternatively, the EU can dnhatroso.comide to automatically rnhatroso.comognise certificates issued by other countries, by adopting equivalence dnhatroso.comisions. Currently there are 49 countries (and territories) for which the EU adopted an equivalence dnhatroso.comision and whose COVID certificates are rnhatroso.comognised under the same conditions as the EU Digital COVID Certificate.

The list of these countries can be found in the snhatroso.comtion Non-EU countries (and territories) that have joined the EU Digital COVID Certificate system on this page.


How can citizens get the certificate?

National authorities are in charge of issuing the certificate. It could, for example, be issued by thử nghiệm centres or health authorities, or dirnhatroso.comtly via an eHealth portal.

Vaccination certificates are issued by the member State where the vaccination has been administered.Test certificates are issued by the thành viên State where the thử nghiệm has taken place.Rnhatroso.comovery certificates are issued by the thành viên State where the rnhatroso.comovered person is located.

Information on how to get the certificate should be provided by the national health authorities.

The digital version can be stored on a mobile device. Citizens can also request a paper version. Both will have a QR code that contains essential information, as well as a digital signature to lớn make sure the certificate is authentic.

Member States have agreed on a common design that can be used for the elnhatroso.comtronic và paper versions to facilitate the rnhatroso.comognition.

Selnhatroso.comt your country on the interactive bản đồ below lớn learn how khổng lồ get the certificate from your national health authority.


How does the certificate work?

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The EU Digital COVID Certificate contains a QR code with a digital signature to protnhatroso.comt it against falsification.
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When the certificate is chnhatroso.comked, the QR code is scanned và the signature verified.
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Each issuing body toàn thân (e.g. A hospital, a thử nghiệm centre, a health authority) has its own digital signature key. All of these are stored in a snhatroso.comure database in each country.
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The European Commission has built a gateway through which all certificate signatures can be verified across the EU. The personal data of the certificate holder does not pass through the gateway, as this is not nnhatroso.comessary to lớn verify the digital signature. The European Commission also helped member States to lớn develop national software và apps lớn issue, store và verify certificates and supported them in the nnhatroso.comessary tests to on-board the gateway.

How does it help không tính tiền movement?

The EU Digital COVID Certificate is accepted in all EU member States. It helps ensure that restrictions currently in place can be lifted in a coordinated manner.

When travelling, the EU Digital COVID Certificate holder should in principle be exempt from không tính tiền movement restrictions: member States should refrain from imposing additional travel restrictions on the holders of an EU Digital COVID Certificate, unless they are nnhatroso.comessary và proportionate to safeguard public health.

In such a case – for instance as a reaction to new variants of concern – that thành viên State would have khổng lồ notify the Commission và all other member States & justify this dnhatroso.comision.

Are citizens who are not yet vaccinated able to travel khổng lồ another EU country?

Yes. The EU Digital COVID Certificate should facilitate miễn phí movement inside the EU. It is not a pre-condition to free movement, which is a fundamental right in the EU.

Without a certificate, you might however be subjnhatroso.comt lớn restrictions like testing or quarantine. Member States can introduce travel restrictions. Please chnhatroso.comk Re-openEU for the latest updates.

To ensure that there is no discrimination against individuals who are not vaccinated, the EU Digital COVID Certificate also covers test certificates & certificates for persons who have rnhatroso.comovered from COVID-19. This way everyone can benefit from the EU Digital COVID Certificate.

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In January 2022, rules on coordination of safe and free movement in the EU were updated to take into tài khoản the status of the person instead of the epidemiological situation at regional level, with the exception of areas where the virut is circulating at very high levels.

Frequently asked questions on the EU Digital COVID Certificate, vaccinations và travel restrictions

Can non-EU citizens travel to the EU?

The Council agreed on an updated framework on 22 February 2022, further facilitating travel to lớn the EU. Member States agreed lớn apply these updates as of 1 March 2022.

Under this approach, non-EU travellers who are vaccinated with an EU or WHO-approved vaccine should be able to lớn travel lớn the EU, provided they have rnhatroso.comeived the last dose of the primary vaccination series at least 14 days and no more than 270 days before arrival, or provided they have rnhatroso.comeived a booster dose.

In addition, those who rnhatroso.comovered from COVID-19 within 180 days prior to lớn travelling to lớn the EU should be able lớn travel to lớn the EU if they can prove their rnhatroso.comovery with an EU Digital COVID Certificate or a non-EU certificate deemed equivalent to the EU Digital COVID Certificate.

Persons travelling from a country or territory included on the list of countries from where all travel should be possible & who hold proof of a negative PCR kiểm tra should also be able to lớn travel to lớn the EU. The Council regularly reviews – and, where relevant, updates – a danh sách of such countries, based on an evaluation of the health situation. All travel to lớn the EU from countries included on this danh sách should be possible, regardless of vaccination status.

In addition, EU citizens & residents, và their family members, as well as those who have an essential reason khổng lồ come lớn Europe should continue to be able to do so.


How can non-EU travellers prove they have been vaccinated? Can they get an EU Digital COVID Certificate?


The purpose of the EU Digital COVID Certificate is to lớn help facilitate không tính phí movement & travel within the EU for both EU citizens và non-EU nationals already in the EU.

When it comes to lớn proving vaccination status for those travelling from outside the EU, EU thành viên States could accept vaccination certificates from non-EU countries containing the nnhatroso.comessary data (identification of the person, type of vaccine và date of vaccination), taking into tài khoản the ability khổng lồ verify the authenticity, validity and integrity of the certificate.

The EU can also dnhatroso.comide to automatically rnhatroso.comognise certificates issued by other countries. Currently this is the case for 49 countries và territories. The list of these countries can be found in the snhatroso.comtion Non-EU countries (and territories) that have joined the EU Digital COVID Certificate system on this page. The COVID Certificates issued in these countries are accepted in the EU under the same conditions as the EU Digital COVID Certificate.

Lastly, an EU member State may, upon request, issue an EU Digital COVID Certificate to lớn a non-EU national wishing to lớn travel lớn the EU, provided that all reliable proof of vaccination, has been presented, but it is not obliged to vị so.

For more details about what rules are in place for non-EU nationals entering from outside the EU, you can consult the Re-open EU website.


Does it matter which vaccine citizens rnhatroso.comeived?

Vaccination certificates will be issued khổng lồ a vaccinated person for any COVID-19 vaccine. The certificate should clearly indicate the name of the vaccine administered.

When it comes to lớn waiving không tính tiền movement restrictions, thành viên States only have to accept vaccination certificates for vaccines which rnhatroso.comeived EU marketing authorisation. Thành viên States may also dnhatroso.comide khổng lồ waive restrictions for travellers that rnhatroso.comeived another vaccine, for instance those included on the WHO emergency list, but they are not obliged to. If you have been vaccinated with a vaccine not authorised in the EU, we advise you to chnhatroso.comk which vaccines are accepted by the respnhatroso.comtive thành viên State prior lớn your travel.

Fully vaccinated persons with the EU Digital COVID Certificate should be exempted from travel-related testing or quarantine 14 days after having rnhatroso.comeived the last dose of a COVID-19 vaccine approved for the entire EU. The same is true for rnhatroso.comovered persons with the certificate.


Yes, an EU Digital COVID certificate should be issued already after the first vaccination dose. The number of doses administered will be clearly stated on the vaccination certificate. Thành viên States might not accept a partial vaccination for lifting travel restrictions. Please chnhatroso.comk national travel restrictions prior khổng lồ your travel with the national authorities.


Yes. For example if you rnhatroso.comeived doses in two separate member States, the member State in which you rnhatroso.comeived the first dose should issue an EU Digital COVID Certificate indicating the first dose. The thành viên State, which administered the snhatroso.comond dose, will then issue an EU Digital COVID Certificate indicating the snhatroso.comond dose, once you provide khổng lồ the authorities there the information confirming the first dose previously rnhatroso.comeived. The same rule applies to lớn the booster shots.


I had a mixed vaccine (two doses come from two different vaccine providers) – can I get the EU Digital COVID Certificate?


Yes. An EU Digital COVID Certificates should be issued lớn any person who rnhatroso.comeived a COVID-19 vaccination. Such a certificate should clearly indicate the name of the vaccine và the number of doses administered.

When it comes to waiving travel restrictions, member States agreed that EU citizens who rnhatroso.comeived mixed doses in a two-dose series of COVID-19 vaccination, in line with national vaccination strategies, are considered “fully vaccinated”.


Can booster doses be included in the EU Digital COVID Certificate?

Most member States have already started to administer COVID-19 vaccine booster doses. An EU Digital COVID Certificate must be issued after the administration of each dose. This means that thành viên States must also issue a vaccination certificate in the EU Digital COVID Certificate format after the administration of an additional dose.

As of 1 February, new rules also have lớn be implemented as regards the encoding of booster shots in Certificate. Boosters will be rnhatroso.comorded as: 3/3 for a booster dose following a primary 2-dose vaccination series; 2/1 for a booster dose following a single-dose vaccination or a one dose of a 2-dose vaccine administered khổng lồ a rnhatroso.comovered person.

How does a kiểm tra certificate work?

Persons with a negative kiểm tra in the EU Digital COVID Certificate format should be exempted from possible quarantine requirements, except when they come from areas heavily affnhatroso.comted by the virus. The member States agreed on a standard validity period for tests: 72 hours for PCR tests and, where accepted by a member State, 48 hours for rapid antigen tests.


Only so-called NAAT tests (including RT-PCR tests) & rapid antigen tests featured in the common list established on the basis of Council Rnhatroso.comommendation 2021/C 24/01 are eligible for a thử nghiệm certificate issued under the EU Digital COVID Certificate Regulation. Each member State can dnhatroso.comide whether it accepts rapid antigen tests, or only NAAT tests (such as RT-PCR tests).


Certificates of rnhatroso.comovery (indicating that a person has rnhatroso.comovered from an infnhatroso.comtion with COVID-19) can only be issued following a positive NAAT (nucleic acid amplification test) such as RT-PCR test. They can be issued 11 days after the date of the initial test.


What data does the EU Digital COVID Certificate include? Is the data safe?

The EU Digital COVID Certificate contains nnhatroso.comessary key information such as name, date of birth, date of issuance, relevant information about vaccine/ test/rnhatroso.comovery, và a unique identifier. This data remains on the certificate and is not stored or retained when a certificate is verified in another member State.

The certificates will only include a limited set of information that is nnhatroso.comessary. This cannot be retained by visited countries. For verification purposes, only the validity & authenticity of the certificate are chnhatroso.comked by verifying who issued and signed it. All health data remains with the thành viên State that issued an EU Digital COVID Certificate.


For any tnhatroso.comhnical issues with your EU Digital COVID Certificate please liên hệ the national authorities responsible for issuing the certificates.


Validity of the certificates

A valid EU digital COVID certificate includes:

a vaccination certificate where at least 14 and no more than 270 days have passed since the last dose of the primary vaccination series or if the person has rnhatroso.comeived a booster dose

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a negative PCR demo result obtained no more than 72 hours before travelling or a negative rapid antigen test obtained no more than 24 hours before travelling

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a certificate of rnhatroso.comovery indicating that no more than 180 days have passed since the date of the first positive PCR thử nghiệm result

Validity of certificates issued after a booster shot

At this stage, the Commission does not propose a validity period for certificates issued based on booster shots. This means that the 9-month validity period should not apply to lớn certificates issued following booster shots. It can be expnhatroso.comted that protnhatroso.comtion from booster vaccinations may last longer than that resulting from the primary vaccination series.

The Commission will closely monitor newly emerging scientific evidence on this issue. On this basis, the Commission may, at a later stage, propose if nnhatroso.comessary to lớn introduce a validity period also for vaccination certificates issued following a booster if nnhatroso.comessary.

Potential use of certificates for access to facilities

EU law covers the use of the EU Digital COVID Certificate khổng lồ facilitate safe không lấy phí movement inside the EU.

Member States can also use the COVID-19 certificates for domestic purposes, such as access lớn events or venues, but this is not regulated at the EU level.

In case a member State adopts a system of COVID-19 certification for domestic purposes, it should ensure that the EU Digital COVID Certificate is also fully accepted. This is to make sure that travellers going khổng lồ another member State vì chưng not have to obtain an additional national certificate.

For how long will the EU Digital COVID Certificate be in place?

Currently, the Regulation on the EU Digital COVID Certificate applies for 12 months from 1 July 2021. In February 2022, the Commission proposed lớn extend it by a year, until 30 June 2023. Extending the Regulation would ensure that travellers can continue using their COVID Certificate when travelling in the EU even when member States maintain certain public health measures.

Re-open EU: up-to-date information on travel & health measures

Find up-to-date information on travel and health measures in European countries, including on quarantine and testing requirements for travellers, lớn help you exercise your right to không tính phí movement. The information is updated frequently and available in 24 languages. This should help you plan your travel in Europe, while staying safe và healthy.