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EU and Georgia: Digital COVID Certificates are now equivalent

17/11/2021 - 08:47
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On 15 November 2021, the European Commission adopted a decision certifying that COVID-19 certificates issued by Georgia are equivalent to the EU Digital COVID Certificate.

As a result, Georgia is now connected to the EU's system and their COVID certificates are accepted under the same conditions as the EU Digital COVID Certificate.  In reciprocity, the EU Digital COVID Certificate is accepted for travel to Georgia.

“The mutual recognition of the EU’s and Georgia’s digital COVID certificates is a step towards resuming pre-COVID travel arrangements between the EU and Georgia”, stated Carl Hartzell, Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia.

Following this decision, Georgian travellers who are fully vaccinated with a vaccine authorised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) – currently: Pfizer, Moderna, Astra Zeneca, and Johnson & Johnson – and who fulfil the usual, Schengen-related conditions, will be able to resume travel to the EU, with fewer restrictions.

Georgian travellers, who have been vaccinated with other vaccines may not necessarily benefit from this decision. EU Member States may decide to waive some restrictions for travellers that received another vaccine, but they are not obliged to. Nevertheless, these travellers can use the certificate to prove their status (negative test result or recovery from COVID-19).

While the Digital COVID Certificate allows travellers to prove their vaccination/testing/recovery status, they are advised to check information on possible quarantine rules or other restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic on the EU’s portal Re-Open EU.

The Commission Decision granting equivalence to certificates issued by Georgia entered into force on 16 November 2021. More information on EU Member States’ COVID rules can be found on the dedicated website.

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