EU Digital COVID Certificate Third Country portal – open to applications from all
Following the successful rollout of the EU Digital COVID Certificate in Ireland, and the extension of this service to Irish passport-holders living in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Government has today added a further service to enable all Irish passport-holders who were vaccinated outside of the EU to apply for an EU Digital COVID Certificate.
Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly T.D. welcomed this development saying:
“I am so pleased to announce that having continued to work with partners across Government, the EU Digital COVID Certificate Third Country portal is now accessible today to all eligible Irish passport holders vaccinated outside of the EU. With over 23,000 certificates issued through the Third Country portal to date, this extension to our existing accessible digital services now offers access to all our eligible Irish citizens. I’m particularly proud that Ireland is the one of the few EU countries making this service available to citizens abroad to date, helping to support safe travel for Irish passport holders within the EU”
Applications will be accepted from individuals 18 years of age and older who hold a valid Irish passport and a vaccination certificate for a vaccine type currently authorised for use for international travel into Ireland, The service will be accessible at covidcertificateportal.gov.ie
The Minister of State for Public Procurement and eGovernment, Ossian Smyth T.D. said:
“The further extension of the Digital Covid Cert to include Irish passport holders vaccinated outside the EU is an important milestone for travel and connectivity. The EU DCC has become the standard for international travel and it’s great to see this valuable document being made available to our citizens around the world. My Department has been at the forefront of the delivery of the Digital Covid Certificate and I am delighted that this service can now be offered to our citizens outside the EU”
Minister for Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora, Colm Brophy, T.D., welcomed the announcement on behalf of the Diaspora, saying:
“The Government have been very conscious throughout this pandemic of the difficult situation that many Irish living abroad have found themselves in, especially in regard to travel. We will continue to take additional measures to support our Diaspora maintain their links to home.”
NOTES TO EDITOR
- EU DCC will be issued to applicants who have had any combination of the following:
- Spikevax (previously Moderna)
- Vaxzevria (previously AstraZeneca)/Covishield
- (Vero Cell) Inactivated/CoronaVac*
- Inactivated COVID-19 (VERO CELL)/SinoPharm / BIBP*
- Janssen (only one dose required)
- *To prevent to delay in the portal launch CoronaVac and SinoPharm will not be included in the launch today, but we expect to capture them soon.
- When accessing the service, applicants will be prompted to upload a copy of their original proof of vaccination as provided by the country where they received the vaccine. The proof of vaccination must show evidence of both vaccine shots where a two-course regimen was applicable.
- Individuals who received doses in two different countries must upload proof of vaccination for both doses.
- QR coded certs issued for outside the UK cannot be scanned into the portal.
- Applicants will also need to provide an Irish passport.
- Please note that applications won’t be accepted from countries (apart from GB and NI) that have a mutual recognition agreement with the EU.
- To find out more, visit https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/77952-government-advice-on-international-travel/
- You can call the Irish Digital COVID Certificate helpline 1800 807 008 or +353 76888 5513 from abroad.
- The Digital COVID Certificate helpline was setup to provide the public with a service to request their EU Digital COVID Certificate. Since launching in July earlier this year, this service has been expanded to include a number of online self-service portals and more recently a WebChat channel.
- The expansion of this service to include multiple communication channels is in line with the Government’s commitment to the provision of accessible digital services.