The European Union COVID digital certificate issued in Lithuania has been updated to include the third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, administered as a booster, and the same is valid for an indefinite period after vaccination against the virus , the country’s health ministry confirmed.
“Currently, the certificate is valid indefinitely after vaccination, and the validity of the third booster dose does not affect the validity. However, if a person is vaccinated with a booster dose of COVID-19, the document updates the number of doses (3/3), and the renewed certificate takes effect immediately after the 3rd dose ”, the statement released by the same ministry reads, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
The EU has launched the EU COVID Digital Certificates to make the travel process easier for anyone who has completely completed their vaccination process.
The Lithuanian government launched the EU digital certificate in June, becoming one of the first European countries to issue such a document as part of efforts to ease the travel process.
However, each country may have different rules and validity periods when it comes to EU digital COVID documents.
Previously, SchengenVIsaInfo.com reported that Croatia and Austria decided to impose vaccine expiration dates, which was often seen as a complicated process that confused passengers.
In Lithuania, such a certificate is considered valid if it meets the requirements mentioned below:
- Two weeks have passed since the traveler completed the vaccination process with vaccines such as Comirnaty, Spikevax, Vaxzevria or Janssen
- Vaccination based on the mixed vaccination schedule two weeks after the second dose;
- Negative COVID-19 test results less than 72 hours old, or 48 hours for a rapid antigen test
“However, the EU digital COVID certificate is more strictly regulated, so it will be easier for residents if they use the Opportunity passport in Lithuania and use the EU digital COVID certificate when traveling. also important to note that in Lithuania the test part of the EU digital COVID certificate does not give the right to use the services provided only with the Opportunity passport ”, the statement reads.
Lithuanian authorities have recorded a total of 360,763 cases of COVID-19 infection and 5,349 deaths since the start of the pandemic, based on figures provided by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The same source shows that the Baltic state has recorded a total of 2,962 new cases of COVID-19 infection in the past 24 hours and 41 deaths.
However, despite such numbers, the country’s government is trying to open its doors to travelers from more countries, especially for anyone who has completed their vaccination process.