Joint Industry Call on Governments to Join the European Digital COVID Certificate

Airports Council International Latin America and the Caribbean (ACI-LAC), the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA), the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) are jointly calling on Latin American and Caribbean governments to adopt the European digital COVID certificate (DCC) system to facilitate the recovery of air transport in a harmonized manner.

While vaccination should not be a prerequisite for travel, international travel would benefit significantly if vaccinated passengers are exempted from quarantine and a harmonized approach is adopted. For this to be possible, a vaccination certification and verification system is needed, which is simple, agile, robust and inexpensive. The EU DCC ticks all these boxes: all software is open access, interoperable and free of charge, so any country in the world is able to use it.

Aviation was the first large scale use case and practical needs of the sector have been addressed when operationalizing the tool. Aviation stakeholders are fully on board and view the EU DCC as a potential game changer for the recovery.

Nearly 100 countries are either already connected to the EU DCC or have launched the process to do so. In the Latin America region, Panama is so far the only state to have done so. Colombia and Uruguay have signaled definite interest while Argentina, Chile and the Dominican Republic have established preliminary contacts with the EU.

Vaccination certificates issued by countries joining the EU DCC standard are accepted with the same conditions and rights as those currently issuing and using this certificate. For their part, these countries have agreed to accept the DCC for travel from the EU to their territory, thus facilitating safe and harmonized travel between countries.

A harmonized resumption of air transport will support the economic recovery in the region, unlocking the socioeconomic benefits for countries and populations.

Author: ACI-LAC