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Updated 10 June 2022

The Indian mass vaccination program is processing at an impressive pace. Since starting the world’s largest vaccination drive, India has administered at least 1 billion doses of COVID vaccines so far. Most of the adult population in the country has received at least one dose and over 80% of the adult population has been covered by both doses.

As the logical next step, those vaccinated are now eager to lay their hands on their vaccine certificates. What are these vaccine certificates? Where should you get them and why? Keep reading to find out.

What is the COVID vaccine certificate?

COVID vaccine certificates are proof that you have taken one or both doses of any vaccine approved in the country. The certificate states at the top if you have received one COVID-19 vaccine dose, or are fully vaccinated.

The left part of the certificate shows the beneficiary details – name, age, sex, address, verified ID, and beneficiary ID number.

The right part displays all your vaccination details – which vaccine was taken, on what dates, and at which vaccination centre.

 

How to download COVID vaccination certificate with Aadhaar number

You can download your COVID-19 vaccination certificate online by using your Aadhaar number. There’s a number of platforms available for you to download your vaccine certificate the likes of the Aarogya Setu, UMANG App, Digilocker app, and the Cowin portal.

Here, we detail the process of obtaining your vaccination certificate on the aforementioned portals and apps.

CoWIN website

  1. Open the CoWIN online portal.
  2. Click on the ‘Register/Sign In Yourself’ yellow button. Those who are using it for the first time will need to register themselves with their photo ID proof (Aadhaar Card/ Driving License/ PAN Card/ Passport/ Pension Passbook), photo ID number, name, and birth year. These details must be the same as what was given by you at the time of vaccination. Those who have registered can sign in with an OTP.
  3. Once you receive your first dose, you’ll be able to see the ‘certificate’ option below your name.
  4. Click on the ‘certificate’ button to download your certificate.

 

Aarogya Setu app

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Note that you must already be registered on CoWin using your Aadhar number for the vaccination certificate service to become available.

  1. Download the Aarogya Setu app on iOS App Store or Google Play.
  2. Click on the CoWIN tab on the top and proceed to ‘Vaccination Certificate’.
  3. You need to have the 13-digit beneficiary reference ID with you.
  4. Once you enter the number, you’ll be able to view and download the certificate.

 

Digilocker app

  1. Download the Digilocker app on iOS App Store or Google Play.
  2. If you’re using the app for the first time, register yourself with personal details like name, date of birth, gender, and contact number, and your Aadhaar Card number. Set a username for yourself.
  3. Once logged in, scroll down the home page to the ‘Health’ section and click on the ‘Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’ button, where you’ll see the ‘Vaccine Certificate’ option.
  4. You need to have the 13-digit beneficiary reference ID with you.
  5. Once you enter the number, you’ll be able to view and download the certificate.

 

UMANG app

Note that you must already be registered on CoWin using your Aadhar number for the vaccination certificate service to become available.

  1. Download the UMANG app on Google Play or iOS App Store.
  2. If you’re using the app for the first time, register yourself with an OTP and set up your MPIN.
  3. Scroll down to click on “Health” listed under the different categories, denoted with a pink heart and plus sign.
  4. Select the “Co-WIN” option at the top and then click on the little arrow next to “Download Vaccination Certificate”.
  5. Enter your mobile number and verify it with an OTP.
  6. If you have registered more than one beneficiary on that number, click on the downward-facing arrow to open the dropdown, and select the beneficiary whose certificate you wish to download.
  7. Once the beneficiary is selected, click on the blue “Download” button to obtain the certificate.

 

Benefits for India vaccine certificate holders

Once vaccinated, Indians will be able to travel domestically and cross-border with far fewer restrictions by showing their vaccination certificates. Holders of these certificates will be able to circumvent quarantine periods, testing requirements, etc. Public transports, railways and various such services might consider this as a valid proof to curb infection in future.

According to R S Sharma, the CEO of the National Health Authority, the certificates have been aligned with the “fast healthcare interoperability resources” (FHIR) which will make them a globally acceptable vaccination proof. They are tamper and forgery-proof and can be easily verified digitally.

Several countries have already opened their borders for Indian travellers, especially for vaccinated Indians, allowing them to surpass testing and quarantine requirements.

To ensure safety, public places like gardens, restaurants, malls, beaches, cinema halls, etc. may open exclusively to inoculated citizens and vaccination certificates may be asked for at entry.

Less obvious benefits may include discounts or freebies offered by small establishments to those who have been vaccinated.

Entry into certain states

Here are the Indian states and Union Territories that no longer mandate an RT-PCR test for vaccinated travellers. This list is specific to air travel:

  • Andaman: Passengers must carry an RT-PCR negative report taken 48 hours before commencement of journey. It has also exempted fully vaccinated tourists from carrying an RT PCR test report
  • Chandigarh: Passengers must carry a negative RT-PCR report not earlier than 72 hours or have a vaccination certificate (at least one dose) over two weeks old.
  • Chhattisgarh: Passengers must carry a negative RT-PCR report not earlier than 72 hours or a COVID vaccination Final Certificate (generated after two doses of vaccination).
  • Delhi: Unvaccinated passengers must upload a negative COVID-19 PCR test on Air Suvidha portal. The test must have been conducted within 72 hrs prior to undertaking the journey.
  • Goa: Passengers must carry a negative RT-PCR report not earlier than 72 hours and should be fully vaccinated 15 days prior to arrival. Passengers will also be subject to 5 days of home quarantine.
  • Himachal Pradesh: Passengers must carry a negative RT-PCR report not earlier than 96 hours. Passengers arriving from cities with high prevalence of Covid- 19 will have to undergo 7 days of institutional quarantine, followed by 7 days of home quarantine.
  • Jammu & Kashmir: Passengers will have to undergo RT-PCR on arrival.
  • Karnataka: All passengers originating from Kerala and Goa will need to present a negative RT-PCR certificate not older than 72 hours. Travellers from other states must carry a PCR test if they’re showing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Kerala: All unvaccinated passengers must have an RT-PCR/TrueNAT/CBNAAT negative report not earlier than 72 hours or a COVID vaccination Final Certificate (after two doses of vaccination).
  • Punjab: Passengers must carry a negative RT-PCR report not earlier than 72 hours or have a vaccination certificate (at least one dose) over two weeks old. Children below 10 years are exempt from PCR testing requirement.
  • Nagaland: Unvaccinated passengers must have an RT-PCR/TrueNAT/CBNAAT negative report not earlier than 72 hours or a COVID vaccination Final Certificate (after two doses of vaccination). Those with single dose of vaccine will also not be tested on arrival but will need to quarantine for 7 days.
  • Maharashtra: Unvaccinated passengers must have an RT-PCR negative report not earlier than 72 hours or a COVID vaccination Final Certificate (after two doses of vaccination). Children below 5 years exempted from RTPCR test.
  • Manipur: All passengers will be subject to thermal screening on arrival.
  • Meghalaya: PCR testing is required for all arriving passengers on chargeable basis in case they do not possess a negative COVID-19 report on arrival (not earlier than 72 hours prior to arrival). Passengers must register on the Meghalaya state portal to generate a unique e-invite.
  • Mizoram: Passengers must carry a negative RT-PCR report not earlier than 72 hours.
  • Rajasthan: Passengers who are not vaccinated must carry an RT-PCR negative report not earlier than 72 hours. Passengers, already been administered with 2 doses of COVID-19 Vaccination, are EXEMPT from carrying the RT-PCR COVID-19 negative report.
  • Tamil Nadu: Passengers arriving at Coimbatore need to have Auto E-Pass and also carry a negative RT-PCR report not earlier than 72 hours from the time of departure. Testing is also done for free at the airport.
  • Tripura: Unvaccinated passengers must present a negative COVID-19 PCR report undertaken within 72 hours before arriving in Agartala. Covid test on arrival is not required.
  • Uttarakhand:  All passengers must have an RT-PCR/TrueNAT/CBNAAT negative report not earlier than 72 hours or a COVID vaccination Final Certificate (after two doses of vaccination).
  • Uttar Pradesh: All passengers arriving from Kerala and Maharashtra must have an RT-PCR negative report not earlier than 72 hours
  • West Bengal. There are no restrictions for inbound domestic passengers from any location in the country. However, passengers must be either fully vaccinated or must possess a PCR test that was conducted within 72 hours from the time-of-flight departure.

As more and more Indians are completing their vaccination schedules, more states are expected to introduce such relaxations in their rules for them.

We will update this article as new developments unfold.

 

Countries recognising India’s vaccine certificate

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has devised the ‘Category A’ list of countries that have officially agreed for the mutual recognition of vaccination certificates for travel. Currently more than 113 nations have accepted India’s COVID-19 vaccination certificate and 96 countries have given the mutual nod.