Czechs vaccinated in third countries can present Czech EU COVID certificates

As of Monday 12 July, the Ministry of Health will also allow persons vaccinated in third countries to obtain an EU COVID certificate.  The condition is that they are vaccinated with a vaccine corresponding to vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency.

“We want to ensure that Czech citizens vaccinated in third countries with one of the four vaccines that are also available in the EU can enjoy the same benefits as those vaccinated at home. If they arrive from such a country and visit a healthcare service provider, data about vaccinations given in the third country will be entered electronically into the Infectious Diseases Information System. On the basis of this, a single EU certificate will be issued to the vaccinated person,” said Minister of Health Adam Vojtěch.  The electronic version of the certificate can be downloaded on the web portal. We recommend using the certificate in the Tečka application.

As a condition for issuing the certificate, the applicant must submit a vaccination certificate in English issued in the third country by an authorised body, a specimen of which is published in the list of recognised national certificates on the website of the Ministry of Health. The certificate must contain data about the vaccinated person, administered type of vaccine, date of administration of the vaccine, identification of the entity issuing the certificate, and these data must be verifiable by remote access directly from the certificate. If the certificate is not verifiable, any other document containing information that will enable the certificate to be verified must be submitted with the certificate. For example, this may be a medical report containing the contact details of the facility that carried out the vaccination in the third country.

The vaccination must be administered using a vaccine that corresponds to the vaccines that have been granted European Commission registration on the basis of a European Medicines Agency recommendation. Namely, these are the vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson&Johnson.

The applicant must be a citizen of the Czech Republic or a member of their family who has a temporary or permanent residence permit in the Czech Republic. It can also be a citizen of the EU who has been issued a confirmation of temporary residence within the territory of the Czech Republic or a permit for permanent residence within the territory of the Czech Republic, issued by the Czech Republic.

The EU COVID certificate issued in the Czech Republic will not be issued to holders of a European certificate from another EU country, as both certificates fulfil exactly the same requirements and have a uniform EU format.