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Iván Duque, current president of Colombia, approved the requirement of vaccination certificates to enter public places. Photo: Flickr
Iván Duque, current president of Colombia, approved the requirement of vaccination cards to enter public places. Photo: Flickr

Colombia and other countries that require mandatory vaccination cards

Several countries have started to implement the mandatory vaccination cards for entrance into public spaces. 

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Colombian President Iván Duque, together with the Health Minister Fernando Ruíz, announced that starting on Nov. 16, vaccination cards will be mandatory for entry to mass events and establishments in the country, such as bars and restaurants.
 
The new measure requires vaccine cards and evidence of at least one dose for entry to face-to-face events of a public or private nature involving massive attendance. It also includes bars, cinemas, discos, clubs, concerts, casinos, bingos, and leisure activities, as well as sports venues, churches, amusement and theme parks, museums, and fairs.
 
"We have been talking at the Health Ministry for more than a month on the subject. We have consulted with the Vaccine Advisory Committee and the fundamental approach is to reduce the risk, to the extent that we already have a high proportion of vaccinated population, but as there is an unvaccinated population, it ends up affecting and increasing the risk of contagion," said the Minister of Health in a press conference.
 
For people over 18 years of age, the measure will be enforced starting on Nov. 16, and starts on Nov. 30 for those over 11 years of age. 
 
Finally, the president reiterated the importance of continuing to implement biosecurity measures and complying with the protocols established to contain the virus. 
Countries with mandatory vaccination card 
Like Colombia, more and more countries are beginning to require vaccination cards to enter public places, such as bars, restaurants and concerts. 
 
Several countries in Europe have already started to legally impose vaccination certificates.
 
Austria: entry to restaurants, theaters, hotels, sports facilities and grooming facilities require proof of vaccination, a negative COVID test, or a COVID-19 recovery certificate.
 
Denmark: requires a "Coronapass" for all indoor dining and cultural venues that have the same requirements as the EUDCC. The Coronapass is available on paper, or can be downloaded via an app.
 
France: President Emmanuel Macron ordered by decree that visitors to all indoor catering premises with a capacity of more than 50 people are required to show a vaccination card. 
 
Italy: Since Aug. 6, Italy began requiring a "green pass" against COVID-19 to visit the interior of all hospitality establishments. The green pass proves that the holder has received at least one dose of the vaccine, has recovered from the virus, or has tested negative within the last 48 hours. 
 
In the United Arab Emirates, specifically Abu Dhabi, to go to a supermarket, eat in a restaurant or go to the beach, people must prove that they are vaccinated against COVID-19 or present a recent negative PCR test.
 
Other European countries such as Germany, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Slovenia and Portugal also have COVID-19 restrictions for entering public places. 
In the United States
Starting on Aug. 3, New York became the first state in the country where only people vaccinated against COVID-19 were allowed to enter bars, restaurants, gyms or performance venues. 
 
"People are going to get a very clear message: if you want to participate fully in our society, you have to get vaccinated," said Mayor Bill De Blasio at a press conference in August. 
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