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Updated 21 July, 2021

The Indian mass vaccination program is processing at an impressive pace. Since starting the world’s largest vaccination drive, India has successfully doled out over 35.1 crore doses, fully vaccinating 6.45 crore Indians till 7 July, and the rest are waiting for the second dose. As a 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 get the vaccine certificate?

You will receive a provisional certificate once you have received the first dose, but the certificate will only show the details of the first jab then.

Once you receive your second dose, you will receive the message for completion of the schedule which would include a link to download the digital certificate of vaccination.

You can also download the vaccine certificate from the CoWIN website, Aarogya Setu app, or the Digilocker app.

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 (Aadhar Card/ Driving License/ PAN Card/ Passport/ Pension Passbook), photo ID number, name, and birth year. 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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  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

  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.

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:

  • 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.
  • Chattisgarh: Passengers must carry a negative RT-PCR report not earlier than 96 hours or a COVID vaccination Final Certificate (generated after two doses of vaccination).
  • Odisha: Passengers must have a RT-PCR negative report/ RAT negative report no earlier than 48 hours or a COVID vaccination Final Certificate (after two vaccination doses).
  • 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.
  • Delhi: Passengers originating their journeys from any city/airport in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states are advised to have RT-PCR negative report done within the last 72hrs or vaccination certificate (2 doses complete).
  • Nagaland: All passengers must have RTPCR/TrueNAT/CBNAAT negative report not earlier than 72 hours or a COVID vaccination Final Certificate (after two doses of vaccination).
  • Meghalaya: Passengers arriving from any state except Maharashtra, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Karnataka and Kerala shall be exempted from RT-PCR testing requirements if in possession of a valid final certificate of vaccination.
  • Rajasthan: Passengers arriving into Rajasthan who are fully vaccinated 28-days before arrival will no longer require testing on arrival.
  • West Bengal. From 19 July, the state has made it mandatory for all inbound passengers to show a negative RT-PCR test result, with the test conducted within 72 hours of flight departure. However, fully vaccinated passengers can show their vaccination certificates instead.

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 requiring proof of vaccination

A few countries now allow fully vaccinated travellers from India to visit, even if they don’t fall in the exempted categories.

However, proof of vaccination – that is, your vaccination certificate – is asked for to verify your eligibility to travel.

Canada

From September 7, Canada will welcome fully vaccinated tourists from India for non-essential reasons too. Fully immunized arrivals need not quarantine in Canada either.

Recognized vaccine: Covishield only

Estonia

Estonia allows all vaccinated tourists to enter, regardless of country of origin or purpose. They are not subject to any testing or quarantine requirement.

Recognized vaccine: Any vaccine authorized in India

Qatar

Qatar has reopened its borders to fully-vaccinated business and pleasure travellers. Inbound passengers will still have to take an RT-PCR test within 72 hours before departure and present the negative result on arrival. However, they’ll be exempt from quarantine.

Recognized vaccine: Covishield only