International travel vaccine certificate to mention date of birth, passport number
New Delhi : People who have taken both doses of the coronavirus vaccine and are planning to go abroad can download their international travel vaccine certificate mentioning their date of birth and passport number from the CoWin portal.
The feature that went live on Thursday, is in compliance with the international travel guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Earlier, CoWin certificates used to mention only the beneficiary’s age based on the year of birth besides other details.
“Building a world-class digital platform for vaccination, we have ensured CoWIN certification is compliant with the WHO-DDCC: VS data dictionary. Now, international travellers can download an international version of their certificate that reflects their date of birth from CoWIN,” NHA CEO RS Sharma tweeted yesterday. The date will follow the “yyyy-mm-dd” (Year-Month-Day) format.
Steps to download international travel certificate:
• Login to CoWIN with the registered mobile phone number
• A new “International Travel Certificate” option will appear right next to the “Certificate” option.
• Enter your passport number, date of birth on the page
• Click on submit
• Your travel certificate will appear on the screen
• Download the certificate
What will be mentioned in the International Travel Certificate?
• Date of birth
• Number of doses
• Vaccine name
• Vaccine type
• Vaccine manufacturer
• Dates of doses in the year (month and date)
• Dose batch numbers
The move comes a week after the UK amended new travel guidelines and did not allow Indians traveling to the nation without mandatory quarantine.
Following India’s strong criticism over the UK’s refusal to recognise Covishield, London has included the vaccine in its updated international travel advisory. However, Indian travellers vaccinated with two doses of Covishield would still have to undergo 10 days of quarantine in the UK notwithstanding the amendment, UK officials had clarified saying that the inclusion of the vaccine would not make much of a difference.