The South African government has said it will go through all verifiable vaccination evidence to avoid confusion and inconvenience to international travelers at ports of entry after some passengers submitted Covid-19 vaccine certificates not specified in the current system of health regulations. The government acted quickly to clear up confusion over Covid-19 vaccination documents submitted by international travelers, with some of them reportedly having undergone a Covid test and possible quarantine on arrival despite having valid certificates from their countries of origin.
The South African government noted recent incidents at some ports of entry involving international travelers who provided evidence of vaccination not specified in the current system of health regulations, South African Government Communications and Information Services (GCIS) said in a statement on Friday. . She said vaccination guides provided by international travelers could be verified in terms of current regulations, but the matter was complicated by the different ways used by different authorities abroad.
The statement said that since there is no globally agreed form for proof of vaccination, it has come to our attention that some countries use QR code vaccination cards, while other countries use certificates containing QR code as proof of vaccination. Thus, in order to ensure a smooth and fair verification process without disturbing travelers at ports of entry, the government will, as of today (27 May 2022) recognize all vaccination proofs that can be verified using QR codes, both paper and electronic, GCIS said.
The authority added that the details contained in the vaccination certificate or the card must correspond to the traveler’s information as it appears in the passport. The government also reserved the right to contact the relevant Embassy or High Commission in South Africa to confirm the type of proof of vaccination issued by the countries concerned if the vaccination certificate or card is not verifiable.
Travelers are reminded that on-site Covid-19 testing services are available at ports of entry for individuals unable to provide proof of vaccination, and those who test positive and exhibit symptoms will be asked to self-isolate, the statement said. South Africa recorded 3,274 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the number of infections to 3,948,119. It also recorded 36 new deaths, bringing the total number of deaths to 101,128.
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