COVID-19 vaccination certificate to be linked with passports if travelling overseas


The new guidelines that have been released for the COVID-19 vaccination state that people traveling overseas for the purpose of education, employment, or as a part of the Indian team for the Tokyo Olympic will compulsorily have to link their CoWin vaccination certificates to their passports before traveling. People under these circumstances will be given an exception and will be allowed to take the second dose of the COVID vaccine after 28 days and need not wait longer, said the government today. Though the facility is not yet provided, the ministry has said that the CoWin system will be updated to administer the second dose of vaccine under the above-mentioned circumstances. In addition to that, the ministry has also asked all states and Union Territories to appoint qualified authorities in every district to provide permission for the second dose of Covishield under the circumstances.

The authorities will be appointed to check whether the 28 day period has passed since the first dose and if the purpose of travel is legitimate based on the documents provided to them by the recipient. These documents may be admission offers or similar forms related to the education status of the person, the current education or employment status of the person, and if they are already enrolled in a foreign institution, interview calls or offer letters for employment and lastly the nomination to take part in the Tokyo Olympic Games.

These facilities will be provided to anyone who has a valid purpose of travel and will be valid on till the 31st of August 2021.

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