The Australian Government’s International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (ICVC) is designed to open doors in foreign lands, but it might not work for all doors.
The certificate contains a QR code in a format adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organisation. That QR code can be read by airlines and immigration authorities to prove you’ve been vaccinated, but many restaurants, bars, indoor entertainment venues, galleries, museums and other places in Europe also require proof of vaccination status, and the ICVC might not do that.
In The Netherlands for example, you need a coronavirus pass to enter the Van Gogh Museum, obtained via the country’s CoronaCheck app, but those vaccinated outside the EU only qualify if they are a Dutch national or were vaccinated in Aruba, Curacao or St Maarten (government.nl).
Austria has the Grune Pass, the green passport, and according to the pass’ website (gruenerpass.gv.at): “Persons who have already been vaccinated against COVID-19 can prove this with officially recognised vaccination passes such as … the e-vaccination passport.” The ICVC would appear to qualify, but that might not cut the mustard with the maitre’d at die Wilderin restaurant in Innsbruck.
However some countries make it easier. In France, foreign nationals can apply for a COVID Certificate, a passe santaire, at selected pharmacies, provided they can prove they’ve been vaccinated with an approved vaccine, and all those administered in Australia are (diplomatie.gouv.fr).
According to the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Italy will accept the ICVC as the equivalent of its Green Pass, allowing you to drink and dine in bars and restaurants (esteri.it). There’s a good chance a restaurant in Bologna or an art gallery in Bari might not know that, so better carry the ministry’s injunction as proof.
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This problem is not insurmountable. The EU has a Digital COVID Certificate that allows free travel across its borders and entry to indoor venues. That certificate is available to non-EU citizens vaccinated outside the EU provided their country is a member of the EU’s Digital COVID Certificate (EU DCC) program. Several non-European countries are, including Panama, Ukraine and, since mid-November, New Zealand, but not Australia.
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