INTERNATIONAL MUTUAL RECOGNITION OF COVID CERTIFICATES AND FOREIGN CERTIFICATES WILL NOW BE POSSIBLE
The Decision of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan No. 371 dated November 27, 2021 (hereinafter referred to as the Decision) was approved on clarifying some issues related to the “Recognition of certificates confirming vaccination against COVID-19, contraindications to vaccination, negative PCR test results and confirmation of recovery and acquisition of immunity of people infected with COVID-19 disease”.
The decision touched upon the grounds for the formation of the COVID Certificate, the requirements for COVID certificates, the validity period of COVID certificates and foreign certificates, the refusal to issue a COVID certificate and the mutual recognition of COVID certificates and foreign certificates.
The decision draws attention to two main issues:
1. For the purpose of recognition of COVID certificates outside the Republic of Azerbaijan and recognition of foreign certificates in the Republic of Azerbaijan, the State Agency for Compulsory Medical Insurance shall issue COVID certificates with the competent authorities of foreign countries through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan and exchanges information in foreign certificates with software that has authentication functions, provides software to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the State Border Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan and transmits necessary information based on integration with relevant information systems.
2. International agreements governing the recognition of COVID certificates outside the Republic of Azerbaijan may also provide for conditions different from the technical and safety requirements for COVID certificates. In this case, the Ministry of Digital Development and Transport of the Republic of Azerbaijan monitors compliance with the technical and security requirements for COVID certificates during the exchange of software information with the competent authorities of foreign countries.