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Vaccination of Belgians abroad
EU Digital COVID Certificate
To date, there is no mechanism for mutual or automatic recognition between the COVID-19 vaccination programmes set up in Canada, on the one hand, and in the European Union, on the other. Technical and political dialogues between Canadian and European authorities are underway to this end. Ultimately, the goal is to achieve interoperability of Canadian and European certificates (note: Canada still has to introduce a standardized proof of vaccination to facilitate travel outside Canada).
In the meantime, to have their Canadian vaccination recognized in Belgium, Belgians are invited to contact a general practitioner in Belgium who will register this vaccination in Vaccinnet (note: no intervention by the Consulate General or by Belgian Foreign Affairs is possible in this matter). Once a person’s vaccination is registered in Vaccinnet, the person can get the EU Digital COVID Certificate. This certificate makes it easier for its holders to travel within the European Union.
To download your certificate, you ought to have an activated Belgian eID which allows you to identify yourself online.
On the basis of a proposal of the Vaccination Taskforce, the Inter-Ministerial Conference on Public Health has approved some general principles on the vaccination of Belgians living abroad.
According to the principle of territoriality, Belgian citizens residing abroad will, to the possible extent, be vaccinated in their country of residence.
A. If you live in one of the countries/territories mentioned in this list and are registered at the local Embassy/Consulate General, you can pre-register for a vaccination during a stay in Belgium in the forthcoming months. The foreign spouse/partner and the foreign adult children of a registered Belgian citizen living in the same household (as attested in the National Register) will have the same access to vaccination as the Belgian citizen. The local Embassy/Consulate General will send information on the procedure.According to the Taskforce Vaccination, in charge of the organization of the vaccination campaign in Belgium, the actual vaccination for Belgians residing in one of the countries on this list starts from June onwards, provided that the vaccination campaign continues as planned.
B. Belgian citizens residing in a country offering the same types of vaccines as those used in the Belgian vaccination campaign are invited to be vaccinated in the framework of the vaccination campaign of their country of residence.
However, if they have not had the opportunity to be vaccinated in their country of residence, or if practical considerations prevent them from being vaccinated in their country of residence, they will be able to apply between 1 and 22 July 2021 to be vaccinated in Belgium, without, however, being able to deviate from the order of priority established in the framework of the Belgian vaccination campaign. Therefore, they should contact the Belgian diplomatic or consular mission where they are currently registered.
The Taskforce has indicated that this possibility of vaccination is envisaged from 2 August 2021 onwards.