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The Czech page on obtaining the EU vaccination certificate based on a non-EU vaccination mentions that only Czech and EU citizens are eligible for now. So i.e. if you're an American tourist (without dual citizenship) traveling to Prague with your CDC vaccine card, you would not be eligible for an EU vaccine certificate. This will make travel a bit inconvenient as you'll be forced to get tested frequently, as this is the only official alternative if you don't have a valid certificate of vaccination and want to visit things like restaurants and museums.

But are there countries which are more open minded and will issue the certificate to anyone who applies? Ideally without ever having to travel there physically? This way you could obtain the EU vaccine passport remotely from (say) Estonia and then use it in every other EU country during your travels.

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    It is a matter of proof of identity. Jul 16 '21 at 1:21
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    @PhilippNagel The reason for the name is very simple: it contains a secure digital signature to protect it against falsification. Jul 16 '21 at 3:53
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    @MarkJohnson No it is not. The identity of the person requesting an EU vaccination certificate based on a foreign certificate is irrelevant. There is no breech in security or trust if the transfer is not done in person. Jul 16 '21 at 9:42
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    @MarkJohnson What you are linking to is not a contradiction of what I wrote. Did you even try to understand it? That members of the US army need to present a photo id when getting their CDC vaccination card transferred in Germany can havy many other reasons. I can't present a source for the non-existence of something. If you claim that it is not possible to securely transfer a vaccination certificate without personal presence, then you must explain how that could be exploited. Jul 16 '21 at 11:59
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    @Mark the EU vaccine certificate does not function as an ID card. It’s supposed to be checked along with a valid piece of photo ID so who requests one is of absolutely zero relevance.
    – JonathanReez
    Jul 16 '21 at 16:00
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Starting a community wiki question to track down whether at least one country allows this.

TL;DR Easiest to do in Switzerland

Austria

Seems to be possible but requires an in-person visit to a doctor/pharmacy

Belgium

Only possible for Belgian residents

Bulgaria

(no info in English, need a Bulgarian speaker)

Croatia

(no info in English, need a Croatian speaker)

Cyprus

(no info in English, need a Greek speaker)

Czechia

Only available to citizens or local residents

Denmark

Danish residents only

Estonia

(no info in English, need an Estonian speaker)

Finland

Not available yet even for residents

France

Now open to French citizens who got a vaccine outside the EU, no matter where they reside, and to tourists who are already in France or the EU or who plan to arrive soon.

EDIT: France is no longer issuing certificates online.

Germany

Seems to be possible but physical presence is required

if the doctor or pharmacist is presented with vaccination documentation on a vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and they apply suitable measures to avoid issuing an incorrect COVID-19-Vaccination certificate, in particular to verify the identity of the vaccinated person and the authenticity of the vaccination documentation.

Greece

(no info in English, need a Greek speaker)

Hungary

(no info in English, need a Hungarian speaker)

Iceland

(no info in English, need an Icelandic speaker)

Italy

Italian Citizens vaccinated or recovered from COVID abroad can register with a local health agency in Italy to receive a green pass. This is available even for non-residents, and can be done remotely with some health agencies.

Ireland

Doesn't seem to be possible yet

Latvia

(no info in English, need a Latvian speaker)

Lithuania

Local residents only (requires local sign in to be activated)

Luxembourg

Doesn't seem to be available

Malta

Doesn't seem to issue EU certificates yet?

Netherlands

Citizens/local residents only and requires an in-person visit to Utrecht (see e.g. “Ik ben gevaccineerd in een niet-EU-land. En ik heb daar bewijs van.”)

Norway

Not possible yet

Poland

Only available for Polish vaccines for now

Portugal

Local residents only

Romania

(no info in English, need a Romanian speaker)

Slovakia

Local residents only

Slovenia

(no info in English, need a Slovenian speaker)

Spain

Citizens/local residents only

Sweden

Local vaccines only

Switzerland

For a CHF 30 fee, tourists vaccinated with an EMA-approved vaccine and intending to visit Switzerland can apply for a Swiss COVID certificate online. This certificate is compatible with the EUDCC and should be usable throughout the EU.

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    I don't have the time to check every Swiss cantonal rules. Geneva and Zurich all explicitly require Swiss residence and corresponding documents. Vaud did not explicitly say anything but asks for a Swiss address so a proof may be required.
    – xngtng
    Aug 7 '21 at 22:34
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    Does the French process grant you a France-specific vaccine certificate, or does it grant you the EU vaccine passport? The distinction is crucial and I'm having a really hard time finding information about it Sep 1 '21 at 8:52
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    In Italy this is not restricted to citizens only, but also to those registered with the Italian healthcare system: typically this covers permanent residents and people who have a job in Italy. Source: your link, which mentions "e tutti i soggetti iscritti a qualunque titolo al Servizio Sanitario Nazionale". Oct 11 '21 at 8:02
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    FYI, the france one is now seemingly closed for Non EU Citizens :( it says: 'This procedure has been closed, it is no longer possible to submit a file." Nov 1 '21 at 17:48
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    @JonathanReez The Swiss now have an online system for tourists to apply for an EUDCC, for a CHF 30 fee.
    – Bernard
    Nov 2 '21 at 6:14
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In Germany it won't be possible to remotely issue a EU Digital COVID Certificate.

The conditions underwhich a EU Digital COVID Certificate may issued are defined in section 22(5) of the German Infection Protection Act (IfSG).

Retrospectively, they may be issued only by any doctor or pharmacist who must apply suitable measures to avoid issuing an incorrect COVID-19-Vaccination certificate, in particular to verify the identity of the vaccinated person and the authenticity of the vaccination documentation.


Today I recieved the second vaccination and meantioned to my doctor that the date of the first vaccination was not correct (the shot was on Monday, the date was Sunday when they were closed). This image shows how it was corrected:

Afterwhich I went to the Apotheke to get the EU Digital COVID Certificate.

The name used on the ID card was used, ignoring what was written on the International Certificate of Vaccination (which in my case didn't contain my middle name). This insures that when the certificate is later compared with my ID, that both will match.

A print out for each vaccination was then handed out.

I also requested that the original PDF of the Certificate be sent to my eMail address, which arrived soon after as one file.

Using the PDF, the QR-Codes (for each vaccination) was swiftly read into the applications that needed them.


§ 22 Absatz 5 Infektionsschutzgesetz - IfSG
(5) Zusätzlich zu der Impfdokumentation ist auf Wunsch der geimpften Person die Durchführung einer Schutzimpfung gegen das Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 in einem digitalen Zertifikat (COVID-19-Impfzertifikat) durch folgende Personen zu bescheinigen:

  1. durch die zur Durchführung der Schutzimpfung berechtigte Person oder
  2. nachträglich von jedem Arzt oder Apotheker.

Die Verpflichtung nach Satz 1 Nummer 2 besteht nur, wenn dem Arzt oder Apotheker eine Impfdokumentation über eine Schutzimpfung gegen das Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 vorgelegt wird und er sich zum Nachtrag unter Verwendung geeigneter Maßnahmen zur Vermeidung der Ausstellung eines unrichtigen COVID-19-Impfzertifikats, insbesondere, um die Identität der geimpften Person und die Authentizität der Impfdokumentation nachzuprüfen, bereit erklärt hat. Zur Erstellung des COVID-19-Impfzertifikats übermittelt die zur Bescheinigung der Schutzimpfung gegen das Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 verpflichtete Person die in Absatz 2 Satz 1 und Absatz 4 genannten personenbezogenen Daten an das Robert Koch-Institut, das das COVID-19-Impfzertifikat technisch generiert. Das Robert Koch-Institut ist befugt, die zur Erstellung und Bescheinigung des COVID-19-Impfzertifikats erforderlichen personenbezogenen Daten zu verarbeiten.

(5) In addition to the vaccination documentation, if the vaccinated person so wishes, the vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus must be certified in a digital certificate (COVID-19 vaccination certificate) by the following persons:

  1. by the person authorized to carry out the vaccination or
  2. retrospectively by any doctor or pharmacist.

The obligation according to sentence 1 number 2 only exists if the doctor or pharmacist is presented with vaccination documentation on a vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and they apply suitable measures to avoid issuing an incorrect COVID-19-Vaccination certificate, in particular to verify the identity of the vaccinated person and the authenticity of the vaccination documentation. In order to create the COVID-19 vaccination certificate, the person obliged to certify the vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus transmits the personal data mentioned in paragraph 2 sentence 1 and paragraph 4 to the Robert Koch Institute, which has the COVID-19 vaccination certificate technically generated. The Robert Koch Institute is authorized to process the personal data required to create and certify the COVID-19 vaccination certificate.


  • Regulation (EU) 2021/953 - EU Digital COVID Certificate
    • Article 3

    EU Digital COVID Certificate
    ...
    2. Member States, or designated bodies acting on behalf of Member States, shall issue the certificates referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article in a digital or paper-based format, or both. The prospective holders shall be entitled to receive the certificates in the format of their choice.
    ...

    • Article 8

    COVID-19 certificates and other documentation issued by a third country

    1. Where a vaccination certificate has been issued in a third country for a COVID-19 vaccine that corresponds to one of the COVID-19 vaccines referred to Article 5(5) and the authorities of a Member State have been provided with all the necessary information, including reliable proof of vaccination, those authorities may, upon request, issue a vaccination certificate as referred to in point (a) of Article 3(1) to the person concerned. A Member State shall not be required to issue a vaccination certificate for a COVID-19 vaccine that is not authorised for use on its territory.

    ...


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