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DFA: VaxCertPH now recognized across EU

All countries and states across the European Union (EU) will now accept and recognize the Philippines’ COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate or VaxCertPH, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Wednesday.

In a press statement, the DFA said Filipinos may now use the country’s vaccination certificate to confirm their inoculation status among the bloc’s member-states now that VaxCertPH has been connected to the EU Digital Covid Certificate (EUDCC) system.

“The onboarding of the VaxCertPH to the EUDCC means that technical recognition is accorded to VaxCertPH which will now be regarded uniformly along with all issued EU DCC certificates recognized by EU member countries. The same courtesy shall be applied by the Philippines to EU DCC certificates presented at international ports on entry,” the department said.

With the development, the DFA said Filipino travelers will be ensured of “seamless, expedited, safe travel and mobility” to and within the EU and other 48 non-EU countries and territories subscribed to the digital system.

This also makes VaxCertPH recognized in 94 countries and territories, the DFA added, making it among the widely-recognized vaccination certificates globally.

The Philippines is the sixth Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) country to be recognized under the EUDCC system, after Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam. — Sundy Locus/BM, GMA News