Linking Passport with COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate

After a restrictive period because of the Coronavirus pandemic, people have been able to travel freely again thanks to the vaccines that have been made available to them. Vaccine certificates have become a mandatory travel document, acting as travel insurance for the traveler who is now protected from the virus and no longer risks infection in the country they're visiting.

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    About Passport-Vaccine Certificate Linkage

    With more and more countries opening for tourism again, the travel industry is once again gaining some momentum. Thanks to the scientific prowess, the world was able to roll out many vaccines against the COVID-19 virus ensuring the safety of billions across the world. Thus, it has become equally important to have a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate linked to people's passports. It saves a lot of time and helps you travel hassle-free.

    Those Indians who are traveling abroad because of their studies, work, or other purposes need to get their CoWIN vaccination certificates linked to their passports. This will facilitate smooth international travel of Indians who have received both doses of the vaccine.

    How Can You Link Your Passport with Vaccination Certificate?

    If you too are planning to travel abroad in the coming months, now is the time to ensure all your travel documents are in order. Passport and COVID-19 vaccine certificates being the most important ones, you should be fully inoculated before going ahead with the linkage.

    Once you're done with the second dose and the two-week gap, you can follow these five easy steps:

    Step 1: Log into CoWIN

    The very first thing to do is to log in to your account using the registered number.Login To CoWin

    After selecting the ‘Register/Sign In’ option, you will be directed to another page. Enter the required OTP to proceed. Register to CoWin

    Confirm if the ID used was your passport or some other photo ID like aadhar card or voter ID card. If it is not your passport, then head to the 'Account Details' section. You will need to update your passport details here.

    Step 2: Edit Passport Details

    Once you see the photo ID, you can add your passport as your photo ID to initiate linking. You will need to edit your personal details by visiting the 'Account Details' section. Click on the 'Raise Issue' part. It will show you three options:

    • Certificate Correction
    • Merge Multiple Dose #1 Provisional Certificates
    • Add Passport Details
    Passport Details

    On selecting the 'Add Passport Details' section, you will be directed to a new page where you will need to add the beneficiary's passport details.

    Select the member from the drop-down and provide the passport number in the section for 'Enter Passport Number'.

    Change Passport Details

    Please note that you can only change your passport details one time. You should do this very carefully so that there are no mistakes.

    Step 3: Confirm Changes Made

    After double-checking all the details and ensuring the passport number is right, you need to select the box where a declaration statement is written. After clicking on this box, you can click on the 'Submit Request' option.

    Step 4: Wait for Text Confirmation

    Once you have successfully updated your passport details, you will be notified of these changes on your phone.

    Text Confirmation

    The mobile number used to register on this portal will receive a text in a couple of minutes.

    Step 5: Download the Updated Linked Certificate

    After the procedure is completed and confirmed, you can head back to the 'Account Details' section and click on the 'Certificate' that you have updated. Upon downloading it, you will notice that the vaccine certificate is now successfully linked to your passport.

    Is it Mandatory to Link Passport with Vaccine Certificate?

    You are likely to be asked for a linked passport-vaccine certificate before your departure. This is to ensure that everyone leaving India has been fully vaccinated against Coronavirus.

    In case you haven't received any doses of the vaccine, you can choose your passport as the photo ID proof while registering at the CoWIN portal. Otherwise, you can easily follow the steps explained in this article to make the necessary changes.

    It is also important to keep an eye out for any changes in travel policies and guidelines before you plan your trip abroad. Until specified by the destination country's COVID-19 travel advisory, this passport-vaccine certificate is sufficient for Indians traveling abroad. While you prepare to link your certificate, don’t forget to buy the best international travel insurance plan as per your budget and travel requirements. This will help you from any unwanted expenses while you're in a foreign land.

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