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Explainer: what’s happening with Covid certs from 1 February?

New rules surrounding Covid certs and international travel will come into effect from tomorrow, 1 February.

All travellers will be required to have had a second vaccination within 9 months, proof of recovery within the past 6 months or a booster vaccination in order to travel within the European Union. 

Here’s everything you need to know.

What’s the new rule?

An expiry date is being put on vaccination certs issued after primary vaccination doses.

From February 1, vaccine certs will expire if it’s been nine months since your first your Johnson & Johnson or AstraZeneca, Pfizer, or Moderna). The Covid cert won’t be accepted when travelling to the EU.

This doesn’t mean that you will need a booster dose to travel from February onwards. As most people completed their primary vaccination course in July, the cert you got then will become invalid around mid-March.

What if I’ve had my booster dose?

If you’ve received your new Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) after your booster dose, these vaccine certificates are not time-limited and you can travel freely using it.

What about recovery certs?

You must have recovered from Covid-19 in the past six months to qualify for a recovery cert. your recovery certificate will remain valid for 180 days (six months) after the day you tested positive, and you can get your booster three months from the day you tested positive.


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