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China rolls out a digital Covid-19 vaccination certificate for international travel

The app will show details about vaccinations and the results of coronavirus tests. File photograph.
The app will show details about vaccinations and the results of coronavirus tests. File photograph. / AGENCY
  • The Chinese application includes a confidential QR code that will allow each country to obtain information about the health of the passenger

China has launched a digital vaccination certificate for its citizens who are going to make cross-border international travel. The certificate will include information about the individual's vaccinations and the results of coronavirus tests reports the Chinese Foreign Ministry in a statement.

As vaccines are being rolled out globally, some countries, including Bahrain, have already introduced certificates that identify vaccinated people, and the European Union has agreed to develop vaccine passports under pressure from countries that depend on tourism - including Spain.

The United States and the United Kingdom are considering launching similar systems although the World Health Organisation refuses to require a vaccination certificate to travel because it will create "more inequalities."

The Chinese application includes a confidential QR code that will allow each country to obtain information about the health of travellers, the state agency Xinhua reported. These codes are already required in China to access national transport systems and many public spaces. They show that the user has not been in contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus or if they have travelled to a place where, for example, a high number of infections have been recorded.

Since March 2020, China has only authorised the entry of its nationals into its territory and a limited number of foreigners. It has also greatly reduced the number of international flights. Only foreign diplomats, businessmen or people with residence and work permits can enter the country under certain conditions.

All travellers, both Chinese and foreign, must serve a quarantine period of at least 14 days in a hotel on arrival at their own expense.