EU’s Digital COVID-19 Certificate Vital for Latin AmericaBy Emilio Aristegui | Tue, 12/07/2021 - 16:03
Latin America’s aviation industry groups are jointly urging local governments to implement the “European Digital COVID Certificate” (DCC) to increase efficiency in flights throughout the region and help the sector recover.
The Airports Council International Latin America and the Caribbean (ACI-LAC), the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA), the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) joined forces to urge governments in Latin America and Caribbean to adopt the EU’s DCC system to facilitate the recovery of air transport in the region in a harmonized and organized way.
“While vaccination should not be a prerequisite for travel, international travel would benefit significantly if vaccinated passengers are exempted from quarantine and a harmonized approach is adopted. For this to be possible, a vaccination certification and verification system is needed, which is simple, agile, robust and inexpensive. The EU DCC ticks all of these boxes: all software is open access, interoperable and free of charge, so any country in the world is able to use it,” reads a joint press release by Airports Council International (ACI).
The joint call also highlights that aviation stakeholders are currently on board with the organisms’ call, as the industry was the first large scale-use case of this new technology. Panama is the only country in Latin America connected to the EU’s DCC but Colombia and Uruguay have shown interest in joining. The EU DCC currently accepts vaccination certificates on under the same conditions and rights under as in the countries in which they were issuedthose currently using it. Member countries of this network have accepted travel between the EU and their territory, which according to ACI-LAC, ALTA, CANSO and IATA has facilitated and harmonized travel.
Mexican travelers could benefit from the use of the DCC by avoiding quarantines and other travel restrictions. The country, on the other hand, does not impose any kind of travel restrictions on foreign travelers. “Mexico has not adopted restrictions for the air entry of visitors and the return of Mexicans from other countries. Personnel of the Ministry of Health are at the entry points to the country to attend people who present symptoms associated with the coronavirus and take the corresponding measures,” Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Relations (SRE) states on its website.