Georgia may issue two types of COVID passes for internal and foreign use due to the government’s decision to give the passes to the individuals who have recovered from the virus, no matter when the recovery took place, head of Georgia’s National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Amiran Gamkrelidze stated earlier today.
Covid passes to come into force in Georgia starting December 1
Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili stated last week that no matter when a Georgia citizen recovered from Covid-19, they will anyway be given a COVID pass starting December 1 to have access to a number of facilities.
However, in many foreign states the COVID pass is valid for six months from the date of recovery. Thus, the COVID passes the Georgian government plans to introduce will not work in various foreign countries.
We are discussing the issue and the Georgian government may allow separate COVID passes for the individuals who have plans to travel, and the QR code of the passes will be harmonised with international standards,” Gamkrelidze said earlier today.
In his previous comments Gamkrelidze said that the NCDC was against ‘termless’ COVID passes for individuals who have recovered from the virus, as such people may lose immunity to the virus after several months.
Georgia reports 4,331 new COVID-19 cases, weekly positivity rate stands at 9.06%
He also said that the issue ‘could be reviewed.’
Health Minister Ekaterine Tikaradze says that Georgia is a ‘very special country and there is no surprise that the country will be an exception in terms of COVID certificates.’
COVID passes will come into force starting next month and it will work for:
Fully vaccinated individuals
Those who have recovered from coronavirus
Those with negative PCR test certificates conducted within the last 72 hours
People with negative rapid test results conducted within the last 24 hours
Those with COVID-19 passes will be allowed to enter various types of institutions, such as:
Food facilities: cafes, restaurants, bars (both open and closed spaces)
Casinos, the gambling business facilities