WITH borders reopened and more people travelling between countries, there have been questions about the acceptance of Covid-19 vaccination certificates, especially for regional travel. Are such certificates mutually recognised among Asean countries?
Fully-vaccinated travellers can breathe a sigh of relief as Asean countries agreed to mutually recognise each other's Covid-19 vaccination certificates to facilitate seamless and safe cross-border travel.
On Sunday (May 15), Deputy Health Minister II Datuk Aaron Aro Dagang said this had been agreed at the Asean Health Ministers' Meeting in Bali, Indonesia, on May 14.
"The recognition will be carried out with the Asean universal verification mechanism or other mechanisms, which were developed based on the World Health Organisation's technical specification.
"This is to ease Covid-19 vaccination certificate verification issued by each Asean country," Aaron Ago.
Business and health groups also lauded the mutual recognition of Covid-19 vaccinations certificates, saying it was the right move to boost economic recovery in the region.