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How to Link Your Vaccination Certificate with Passport: A Complete Guide

  • Author :
  • TATA AIG Team
  • Published on :
  • 01/11/2021

The Coronavirus pandemic has completely staggered the travel industry, restricting both local and global mobility. Fortunately, scientists and medical experts have worked with unprecedented speed to provide us with vaccines and return the world to normalcy. These vaccines have proven rather effective at controlling the spread of the virus, which is why international borders have now been deemed safe and are opening up gradually.

Due to the risk that international travel entails, there's a high chance that you will be asked to link your passport with the vaccine certificate while leaving the country. This step serves as proof that you've been administered your full dose of vaccination, thus assuring not only your own safety but also the well-being of your fellow passengers and society as a whole.

If you have an impending trip abroad or are a frequent traveler, you need to make note of vaccines that are accepted in the destination country before getting the doses in India.

How to Register on the Cowin App with Your Passport?

  • Step 1:Register on the CoWIN app and choose passport as the Photo ID.

First and foremost, you have to register on the official CoWIN website. Go to and enter your mobile number. Enter the OTP received on your number to verify yourself.

  • Step 2: Add your passport details in the photo ID section.

Following verification, a registration page will appear, where you will need to enter your full name, gender, age, photo ID type, and other information. Select 'Passport' as the photo ID type and enter your passport details.

  • Step 3: Book an appointment and get vaccinated.

Look for the 'Book Appointment for Vaccination' page and search for vaccination centers depending on your state, district, and pin code. You can choose a center at your convenience and click on the 'Book' option. Once your appointment is successful, you become eligible to get vaccinated on your preferred day and time. Make sure to get both your doses at appropriate time intervals.

In case you already have an account on CoWIN and have been vaccinated using a different registered photo ID, such as your driving license or Aadhaar Card, you will be required to update your passport details.

How to Update Your Passport Details in an Existing Cowin Account?

  • Step 1: Add passport number in COVID vaccine certificate
    Log in to your CoWIN account, click on the 'Account Details' section, and select the 'Raise Issue' option. Following this, choose 'Add Passport Details' and enter your passport number in the 'Enter Beneficiary's Passport Number' section. Don't forget to double-check that you have entered the correct passport number, as you won't be allowed to modify the photo ID details afterwards.

  • Step 2:Confirm and submit changes
    Enter your passport number and tick the box that asks you to declare that the passport belongs to you, the beneficiary. For the final step, click on the 'Submit Request' button.

  • Step 3:You’ll receive a text message confirmation
    You will get a text notification on the registered phone number associated with your CoWIN account confirming your request. Soon after, you should receive another message stating that your request has been successfully updated. Do not worry if this message doesn't pop up on your phone immediately, as it may take a few minutes depending on the load on the network.

How do I Download the Passport-Linked Vaccine Certificate?

Begin by signing in to your account. Click on the 'Account Details' section and select 'Certificate' of the beneficiary whose passport details you have added or modified. Once you press download, you will see that the vaccine certificate has been successfully linked to the passport.

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To Sum it Up

In order to undertake an international journey, you must be fully vaccinated with the required two doses of the vaccine, and your passport must be linked to the vaccine certificate. When you're performing the process, be mindful and make no mistakes while entering the passport number.

The passport linked to the COVID vaccine is enough for international travel unless the country you are travelling to modifies their COVID guidelines for travellers from India. Some countries might also require you to undergo a COVID test before entering. Keep an eye on national and international travel guidelines in the weeks leading up to your flight.


1. What are The Vaccines Available in India? The Oxford-made Covishield and homegrown Covaxin are two of the most widely available vaccines at the moment. Sputnik, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson's COVID-19 vaccines have also been given the green signal for emergency use in India.

2. Why is it Mandatory for International Travellers to link Passports with Vaccination Certificates? It’s mandatory to link your passport with your vaccine certificate because it works as a valid form of verification that the citizen travelling abroad is fully vaccinated against the Coronavirus. Therefore, it is necessary to link it with your passport.

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