CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan digital COVID-19 certificate to be available Tuesday

12/27/2021 09:02 PM
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A sample of the COVID-19 digital certificate issued by Taiwan. Photo courtesy of CECC
A sample of the COVID-19 digital certificate issued by Taiwan. Photo courtesy of CECC

Taipei, Dec. 27 (CNA) Taiwan nationals and legal residents will be able to obtain a digital COVID-19 certificate issued by the government from 8 a.m. Tuesday, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced Monday.

Two types of certificates -- one for vaccination status and the other for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test results -- will be available to download from the government website, CECC official Pang Yi-ming (龐一鳴) said at a press briefing.

Taiwan nationals can access the system by inputting their National ID number, National Health Insurance (NHI) card number and passport number, while foreign nationals legally residing in Taiwan can log in with their Alien Resident Certificate number and one of the following: NHI card number, entry/exit permit number, or passport number.

The digital certificates can be directly saved onto a phone or computer, printed out or individuals can have them sent to their email address, Pang said.

People can only obtain the certificates for COVID-19 vaccinations and tests administered in Taiwan, and it takes about 36 hours for the information to be uploaded from hospitals to the system, Pang said.

The European Commission announced on Dec. 21 that Taiwan's digital COVID-19 certificates are accepted as an equivalent to the EU Digital COVID Certificate, so holders of Taiwan's certificates can use them when traveling to the 60 countries that have joined the EU's certificate system, as well as the United States, Pang said.

Although the certificates will not be used domestically for the time being, they could be in the future, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said.

(By Chiang Yi-ching)


CNA photo Dec. 28, 2021
CNA photo Dec. 28, 2021

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