Slovenia and Hungary mutually recognise vaccination certificates

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban (L) and Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa in Bled, Slovenia, 31 August 2020. [EPA-EFE/IGOR KUPLJENIK]

While talks continue at the EU level on proposed common COVID-19 vaccination certificates, Slovenia and Hungary have decided to press ahead bilaterally, and mutually recognise their respective certificates.

The Slovenian foreign ministry announced this weekend that a vaccination certificate issued in one country will have the same legal effect in the other.

Slovenia already permits entry from Hungary without mandatory quarantine or proof of a negative COVID-19 test if a vaccination certificate is produced.

Under the agreement, Hungary will now do the same for entry from Slovenia, having previously allowed only narrow exceptions for quarantine-free entry from the country.

At the same time, the EU’s digital green certificate aims to establish a system that allows individuals to prove their vaccination status, previous COVID-19 infection, as well as test results in order to ease travel through the EU area.

Lithuania has warned last month that it does not plan on recognising travel certificates of persons vaccinated with the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, which Hungary has been using as one of the few EU members, and would refuse to include any vaccines that the EU’s drug regulator does not recognise in the vaccine certificates’ scheme.

(Sebastijan R. Maček | STA with EURACTIV.com)

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