The EU has officially accepted the MySejahtera digital COVID certificate from Malaysia!
Here is what you need to know!
EU Officially Accepts Malaysia Digital COVID Certificate!
On 4 April 2022, the EU Ambassador to Malaysia, Michalis Rokas, announced that Malaysia has officially been connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate trust framework.
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request for establishing the equivalence between EU’s Digital Covid Certificate and Malaysia’s MySejahtera.
This decision was actually agreed during the EU Commission Implementing Decision 2022/534 on 1 April 2022, but only took effect after it was published in the Official Journal of the European Union, L 105 on 4 April 2022.
Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/534 of 1 April 2022 establishing the equivalence, for the purpose of facilitating the right of free movement within the Union, of COVID-19 certificates issued by Malaysia to the certificates issued in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2021/953 of the European Parliament and of the Council.
EU Accepts Malaysia Digital COVID Certificate : What Does It Mean?
But what exactly does it mean by this EU decision to accept Malaysia’s MySejahtera digital COVID certificate?
To help you understand what this means, I created this FAQ :
What Is The EU Digital COVID Certificate?
The EU Digital COVID Certificate is a digital verification system that certifies that the person has
- been vaccinated against COVID-19, or
- received a negative test result *, or
- recovered from COVID-19
The EUDCC basically confirms that the person does not have COVID-19, or has immunity against COVID-19.
* Validity : 72 hours (PCR tests), 48 hours (rapid antigen tests)
It is basically the European Union equivalent of the MySejahtera digital COVID-19 certificate issued by Malaysia.
Does It Mean Malaysians Will Receive The EUDCC?
No, Malaysians will not receive the Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), which is the EU equivalent of the MySejahtera digital COVID-19 certificate.
The EUDCC is used only by residents in the 27 EU countries, and a few non-EU countries that are in the Schengen Area, or have an open border with the EU :
- San Marino
- Vatican City
If you have been fully-vaccinated with an EU-authorities vaccine, you may request for an EUDCC, but that’s a separate matter altogether.
So The EU Accepts The MySejahtera Certificate?
Yes. European Union countries will accept the MySejahtera digital COVID-19 certificate as equivalent to the EU Digital COVID Certificate.
This is reciprocal – Malaysia will also accept the EUDCC as equivalent to the MySejahtera digital COVID-19 certificate.
This means that holders of certificates issued by these two countries will be able to use them under the same conditions as holders of an EU Digital COVID Certificate.
At the same time, the two countries agreed to accept the EU Digital COVID Certificate for travel from the EU to their countries.
What Are The Advantages Of Connecting To EUDCC?
The instant Malaysia is connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate system, all MySejahtera digital COVID-19 certificates are automatically valid in the EU.
Malaysian travellers to the EU will be exempted from travel-related testing or quarantine across the entire EU+ are, including all Schengen Member States, and the four Schengen Associated States – Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
Is This Necessary For Free Movement In EU?
No, the MySejahtera digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate or the the EU Digital COVID Certificate are not necessary for free movement, which is a fundamental right in the European Union.
Unvaccinated individuals are still free to travel across the EU. They are just subject to restrictions like testing or quarantine.
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