Are you planning to travel abroad this summer as restrictions after the COVID-19 lockdown are now being lifted? Well, first of all, you will need to be vaccinated for this, and apart from that, you will need to add a vaccination certificate to your passport in order to travel abroad. So, here I am going to tell you a step-by-step guide on how to link your Covid vaccination certificate to your passport as well as some other travel-related queries during these new norms.

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Add Vaccination Certificate to Your Passport

Now, when most of the countries are going to allow travel from India after the Covid lockdown relaxation, many of you must have been planning a trip abroad. Here is a guide to help you out during the new travel norms after this pandemic.

Steps to link vaccination certificate to passport

If you have registered on CoWIN using a different photo ID other than a passport, you can link your vaccination certificate to your passport by visiting the Cowin portal. So if you have already taken the vaccine, follow the steps below in order to do this:

  1. Log in to your account after visiting the official CoWIN website.

2. Once you are logged in, click on the “Raise Issue” option next to the beneficiary whose passport is to be linked.

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3. Under this dropdown you will see these options — Certificate Correction, Merge Multiple Dose #1 Provisional Certificates, and Add Passport Details.

4. You can click on “Add Passport Details” and you will be redirected to a new page where you can select the member whose passport details you want to add.

5. Here, select the member from the drop-down, and enter his/her passport number in the respective section.

Make sure to enter the correct passport number, as you will be allowed to change these details only once.

6. Once you entered the correct passport number, check the declaration box.

7. Lastly, click on the “Submit Request”.

That’s it. You will then receive a message on your registered mobile number confirming that your passport details request has been submitted.

Download Vaccine Certificate Linked to Password

This process takes a few seconds to update and after that, you will receive another message that your request has been updated successfully. After that, you can download your new certificate again.

For this, go back to your CoWIN account page and then click on the “Certificate” button next to the name of the member whose details you have added.

That’s it, your new vaccination certificate with your passport details will be downloaded which you can use during your travel.

Travel Related Common Queries After Covid-19

Q. Is it mandatory to be vaccinated in order to travel abroad?

A. This depends on the country you are traveling to and most countries have their own vaccination policy. So some require you to be vaccinated, while others have not mandated this requirement yet.

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Q. Which Covid vaccines are approved by foreign countries to travel from India?

A. In India currently, there are two vaccines available- Covishiled and Covaxin. Covishield is approved by most of the countries and WHO. Covaxin is yet to receive this approval. Some European countries are allowing only WHO-approved vaccines.

Q. Are both doses of vaccine mandatory in order to travel abroad?

A. Again this depends on the country, as some countries have not even mandated the vaccination at all. But you will need to take the second dose as soon as possible if you are traveling.

Q. Can someone take the second dose early in order to travel? 

A. Yes. As per the latest guidelines issued by the Health Ministry, people who are going to travel abroad for education, employment, or any other purpose including Tokyo Olympic Games, can get their second dose of the Covishield vaccine after 28 days. To recall, generally, there is a gap of 84 days between two doses.

So, if you are traveling out of India for study, a job, or for any other reason, it is very likely that you will be asked for a vaccine certificate that is linked to your passport. So make sure to link your vaccine certificate to your passport before leaving.

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