EU adopts decision recognising Serbian COVID certificates

The decision of the European Commission will take effect on Tuesday. The Commission also recognised certificates issued by Moldova, Georgia, and New Zealand. [Shutterstock / Cryptographer]

The European Commission adopted a decision on Monday (15 November) certifying that the official COVID certificate issued by Serbia is equivalent to the EU digital COVID certificate and that Serbian citizens with this certificate can travel to the EU.

The decision of the European Commission will take effect on Tuesday. The Commission also recognised certificates issued by Moldova, Georgia, and New Zealand.

The four countries also agreed to accept the EU Digital COVID Certificate for travel from the EU to their countries, the Commission stated.

EU enlargement commissioner Oliver Varhelyi said ahead of a meeting of the EU’s foreign ministers that this means travel will be much easier for the citizens of these countries but it also means European nationals will be able to travel, too.

After Albania and North Macedonia, Serbia is the third Western Balkan country whose COVID certificates will be recognised in the EU. Passengers can use these certificates to prove that they have been fully vaccinated, have a negative PCR test, or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 180 days.

The decision on recognising Serbian certificates does not change the position of individual countries on recognising vaccines. Every EU member country independently decides which vaccines it recognises and whether a PCR test is required upon entry into the country.

The EU Delegation in Serbia emphasised that the digital certificate is not a travel document and that the citizens of Serbia who possess it still have to check whether they meet the specific conditions prescribed by the EU member state they want to enter.

Most EU member countries and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) still do not recognise the Russian Sputnik and Chinese Sinopharm vaccines, which were widely administered in Serbia.

(EURACTIV.rs | betabriefing.com)

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