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ASEAN accepts mutually recognised COVID-19 vaccination certificates


Joint Statement on Mutual Recognition of COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates

Bali, May 15, 2022

ASEAN member states collectively recognise the COVID-19 vaccination certificate to be applied in Southeast Asia. Health ministers of ASEAN countries endorsed the decision during the 15th ASEAN Health Ministers Meeting (15th AHMM) in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia on May 11-15, 2022.

To limit the spread of SARS COV-2, the meeting decided to extend further the digitalisation of COVID-19 certificates. These include digital certificates for safe international travel. As a result, the use of vaccination certificates is expected to spur economic activity, triggering the return of business activities including tourism in the post-COVID-19 era. ASEAN-approved digital vaccine certificate will make it easier for ASEAN travelers to move between countries in the region.

Indonesian Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said all ASEAN countries will implement COVID-19 verification tools on a voluntary basis. “ASEAN member states can still apply their own existing mechanisms,” he said during a media briefing shortly after the main event of the 15th AHMM 2022.

Minister Budi emphasised the importance of multi-sectoral involvement in implementing the initiative. AHMM is committed to working together to grow resilient after this pandemic, among others by introducing COVID-19 vaccination certificates recognition. With mutual recognition of COVID-19 vaccination certificates, it is expected that citizens of ASEAN member countries could travel safely within the region.

The use of COVID-19 vaccination certificates will still comply with ASEAN country laws, immigration regulations and mandatory health protocols.