China launches COVID-19 vaccination certificates for cross-border journey

FILE Photo: Men and women stroll on a platform at Wuhan Railway Station pursuing an outbreak of the coronavirus condition (COVID-19) in Wuhan, Hubei province, China February 3, 2021. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

BEIJING (Reuters) – China has launched a electronic COVID-19 vaccination certificate for its citizens organizing cross-border travels, joining other international locations issuing identical paperwork as they request means to reopen their economies.

As vaccines are globally remaining rolled out, a few nations, including Bahrain, have by now launched certificates determining vaccinated men and women and the European Union agreed to produce vaccine passports beneath stress from tourism-dependent southern countries.

The certification issued by China would have details about the holder’s COVID-19 vaccination facts and coronavirus take a look at success, the Division of Consular Affairs less than China’s international ministry reported on its web page.

International Minister Wang Yi reported on Sunday the intention of the certification was to attain mutual verification of info this kind of as nucleic acid tests and vaccination, and add to risk-free and orderly interaction of people today.

It was not instantly crystal clear with which international locations China was chatting to about obtaining its COVID-19 certificate recognised.

China has not nevertheless introduced any rest of quarantine limitations for people arriving in China who are vaccinated from COVID-19.

The country’s well being authorities had been learning troubles together with whether or not vaccinated travellers to China could be exempted from 14 times of quarantine, the state-owned International Instances described on Tuesday, citing a individual familiar with the subject.

Reporting by Roxanne Liu and Tony Munroe Editing by Miyoung Kim, Michael Perry and Alex Richardson