The International Council of Airports for 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 ), encourage the governments of Latin America and the Caribbean to adhere to the standard of the European Union Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) system in an effort to achieve harmonization of travel requirements and facilitate the experience for passengers.
While vaccination should not be a requirement, international travel will benefit if vaccinated passengers are exempted from travel restrictions and quarantines and a harmonized approach is adopted that simplifies free movement while maintaining preventive measures.
For this to be possible, it is necessary to have a vaccination verification and certification system that is simple, agile, robust and affordable. In the absence of a single global standard for digital vaccine certificates, the EU DCC meets all these requirements: the software is open access, interoperable and free – any country in the world can use it.
The EU COVID Digital Certificate system encompasses three types of free certificates related to COVID-19: a vaccination certificate, a diagnostic test certificate, and a recovery certificate.
Aviation was the first industry to make large-scale use of this tool that, since its launch, has taken into account the practical needs of the sector, facilitating the recovery of air transport and helping passengers regain confidence in traveling. .
Currently, there are almost 100 countries that are already connected to the EU DCC or have started the process to do so. In the Latin American region, Panama is so far the only member state. For their part, Colombia and Uruguay have expressed their interest, while Argentina, Brazil, Chile and the Dominican Republic have established preliminary contacts.
Vaccination certificates issued by countries attached to the DCC are accepted with the same conditions and rights as those that currently issue and use this certificate. For their part, these countries have agreed to accept the DCC to travel from the EU to their territory, thus facilitating safe and harmonized travel between countries.
A harmonized resumption of air transport translates into greater confidence, efficiency and safety, generating socio-economic benefits for countries, recovery of economies and well-being for populations.