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Vaccine certification for foreign travel: QR code issues solved: Rambukwella

By Asiri Fernando

The anomalies in the QR codes included in the Sri Lankan vaccine certifications for overseas travel have been fixed, The Sunday Morning learnt.

Responding to a query by The Sunday Morning, Minister of Health Keheliya Rambukwella said the issue was rectified.

“The QR code issue has been fixed. There was an issue with the birth date not being reflected properly. This was particularly an issue with gaining entry to the UK. But it has now been fixed,” Rambukwella said.

When asked if the UK had signalled its acceptance of Sri Lanka’s vaccine passport following the technical issue being rectified, Rambukwella said that the Ministry had not received any complaints of the UK denying Sri Lankan credentials following the change.

According to health officials, when travel restrictions were eased, the Sri Lankan vaccine credentials were not accepted by certain European countries due to a technical fault that prevented the certificate holder’s date of birth from being clearly visible when the QR code was scanned.

Earlier this month, international reports indicated the UK, which is home to a large expatriate and overseas student population, had not approved Sri Lanka’s vaccine certification for travel. The news left many Sri Lankans concerned and struggling to make travel arrangements.