Holidaymakers from the UK are being warned that some European nations are refusing to recognise the NHS Covid app as proof of vaccination.
It has been reported that there are still issues because of delays in linking the NHS pass to the EU’s Covid passport scheme.
Visitors from England and Wales arriving by air in Hungary will need to obtain a locally-sourced immunity certificate as proof of vaccine status.
Tourists in Italy are understood to have encountered problems with the NHS app in bars and restaurants, while the Czech republic and Latvia are insisting British visitors carry a paper version of their vaccine documentation.
The UK government applied to link with the EU’s digital certificate on July 28 but the European Commission has not yet given the go-ahead because of a technical issue, it has been reported.
The Guardian reported: “An IT tie-up would ensure automatic recognition across the 27 member states of the information held on the NHS app, facilitating both international travel and access to hospitality where proof of vaccine status is required.”
At least 19 EU countries, including France and Spain, have already agreed to recognise the NHS app as proof of vaccine status, but difficulties remain in some destinations.
There have been reports in France that UK nationals faced problems with the NHS app with the country extending the EU vaccine passport scheme to gain entry to bars, restaurants, cafés and book long-distance bus and train travel.
A UK government spokesperson told the newspaper that the problem was expected to continue for a few weeks.
It is still unclear when the NHS app will receive blanket recognition across all EU states.
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