Last month, the European Commission announced that Singapore vaccination certificates would be granted equivalency with the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC).
Till this point, the recognition of Singapore vaccination certificates across Europe had been patchy. I had no issues using my certificate in Germany, but those travelling to France or Switzerland needed to convert theirs for a fee (at least they had that option- other countries like Denmark and Finland didn’t!).
With EUDCC equivalency, Singapore vaccination certificates will be recognised across all EU countries, as well as 24 other non-EU countries (and territories) which have joined the EU Digital COVID Certificate system.
|🇪🇺 Countries adopting EUDCC system|
• Faroe Islands
|• New Zealand|
• North Macedonia
• San Marino
• United Kingdom
• The Vatican
While the announcement was made on 25 November, technical implementation only took place from 7 December. You should be able to digitise your Singapore vaccination certificate into one or more EUDCC-compatible apps from today, though my experience so far is hit and miss.
Scanning your Singapore vaccination certificate
While you can show a paper copy of the QR code on your Notarise vaccination certificate, it’s much more convenient to scan and save it in an EUDCC-compatible app.
To do this, you’ll need to regenerate another copy of your Notarise vaccination certificate. A new version is required because it has EUDCC-compatible codes added at the bottom.
You can then try to scan both codes with any of the following apps (scanning the Dose 1 code is optional; Dose 2 is the important one since it qualifies you as fully vaccinated):
|🇬🇷 Greece||Covid Free GR||Covid Free GR|
|🇵🇹 Portugal||Passe Covid||Passe Covid|
|🇨🇭 Switzerland||COVID Certificate||COVID Certificate|
|Similar apps exist for Cyprus/ Denmark/ Netherlands, but they require a SingPass equivalent to work, and won’t be an option for tourists.|
You don’t need to use the app of the country you’re visiting. That’s the whole point of interoperability- an EUDCC displayed on the French TousAntiCovid app will be accepted in any country using the EUDCC system.
In any case, only the Switzerland option worked for me, and even then, not perfectly- my name is displayed as Null Null.
Other apps said my certificate had expired already, or that the QR code was not valid with the EUDCC system. My guess is that we’ll need to wait for each country to push updates to its own app.
As an alternative, you can also try visiting getcovidpass.eu to generate a digital copy of your EU Covid Certificate and save it on the Apple or Google Wallet (if it shows “expired”, try downloading the YourWallet app to display it).
This does not override individual country vaccine recognition
Even though the QR codes on Singapore vaccination certificates are now readable by EUDCC scanners, this does not override individual country vaccine recognition.
For example, Germany and France do not recognise Sinovac. A Singaporean who has received Sinovac can have his certificate scanned, but the venue still reserves the right to reject him once they read the data and see exactly what vaccine he has received.
In other words, Singapore vaccine certificates now speak the same language as EUDCCs, but the content of that conversation still matters.
Singapore vaccination certificates are now compatible with the EUDCC system, which is great news for anyone headed to Europe (or any other country that’s part of the system, for that matter). This means you won’t need to pay fees for conversions, or worry about gaining acceptance into a vaccinated-only venue.
That said, it may take a while for software and readers to be updated and recognise Singapore-issued EUDCC codes. You may encounter some teething issues over the next few days/weeks, so keep your paper certificate handy.