A few weeks ago, the Central Government announced that students going to study abroad, persons taking up jobs in foreign countries and athletes going to the Tokyo Olympics could obtain a separate certificate with a Passport ID. The rules stated that states/UT governments shall designate a competent authority in each District. This person could link Vaccine Certificate with Passport. Further, with the permission of such administration, with the second dose of Covishield, users could link Vaccine Certificate with Passport.
Thus, the new rules will allow the linking of passport to Vaccine Certificates via CoWIN only.
How to link Vaccine Certificate with Passport via CoWIN?
Step 1: Log in with the registered mobile number on selfregistration.cowin.gov.in. Enter the OTP you receive and the portal will display the dashboard. Now, in the top-right corner, you can see a tab – “Raise and Issue”, click on it.
Step 2: When you click on “Raise and Issue”, you will get a page with the title “Add Passport Details”. Here, you have to select the member of whom you want to link Vaccine Certificate to Passport.
Step 3: Then, add the passport details that you want on the Vaccine Certificate. The page also shows a disclaimer that you can do these minor changes only once, so be cautious not to make a mistake again, as this is full and final. Click “Continue” after you have filled in the passport number.
Step 4: Lastly, you will receive a final verification tab, that will show the corrections that you have made. If you have filled in the correct Passport number, proceed to “Submit”. Otherwise, you can click the back arrow and go back to Step 3. If you click “Submit”, your details have been submitted. You will soon be able to download the updated certificate.
The CoWIN Vaccine Certificate is used at the time of travel and helps access several premises. Thus, you need to ensure that you have filled in the correct details; if not, you can correct your name, gender and birth year on the certificate. If you have two first dose certificates, you can also merge them. Lastly, to ensure that you have a valid certificate, you can verify it via verify.cowin.gov.in.