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Health Ministry to launch ‘Health Passport’ for travel

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Egypt’s Ministry of Health and Population announced on Wednesday that it will soon launch the “Egypt Health Passport” mobile application, which will serve as an electronic health passport for travelers.

The app will be available for Android and iPhone and can be used at airports.

The ministry explained in a statement that travelers can enter their data on the app to access their COVID-19 vaccination certificates.

The app will use three colors to show a person’s vaccine status: red if the person did not receive the vaccine – yellow if the person received a first dose of the vaccine – green if the person received two doses of the vaccine (or one of Johnson & Johnson’s single shot vaccine).

On a similar note, the Media Center of the Egyptian Cabinet denied rumors that the ministry would issue QR-coded vaccine certificates for travelers without them having received the vaccine.

The Center said – in a statement on Wednesday – that it had contacted the Health and Population Ministry, which denied these rumors.

The Ministry stressed that all procedures for obtaining QR-coded certificates for the coronavirus vaccine are subject to strict supervision, and that the certificates themselves are secure and valid.

The statement added that 126 centers in Egypt have been allocated to vaccinate travelers. Those who are traveling may enter their information on the ministry’s website, and will be able to set an appointment for the vaccine within 72 hours of registration.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

IMAGE: Saudi nationals scan their documents at a digital-Immigration gate at the King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 16, 2021.

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