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Name on CDC vaccination certificate must match name on passport - question

We are going to Greece in May. I read on the Greece government website that "The vaccination certificate must include the full name of the traveller as registered in the passport". Does anyone have first-hand experience with this, or know how picky/exact the Greece government is? Our CDC vaccination certificates include our first name, middle initial, and last name. Our passports include our first name, middle name, and last name. Will the middle initial on our certificates be sufficient? Or do we need to get new vaccination certificates issued? If so, where would we do this?

Thank you for any advice/help you can give.

Posted by
11260 posts

Middle initials or names are not very popular in Europe. Even in the U.S., only the first and last names need to match.
As long as your first and last names match, you are good.

Posted by
9725 posts

And depending on your state you should be able to get a replacement card from your county Health Department.

I agree with Frank though, I'd not worry about the middle name. Mine just has a middle initial and the person at French passport control barely even looked at it when I entered in September. I realize you are asking about Greece not France but I do not think this will be a problem.

Posted by
325 posts

The nurse put a sticker with the vaccine info on the card and then handed it to us to fill out the personal info:)

Can you print your vaccination record using MyChart or whatever program your clinic uses? That's what I am going to do in case someone can't ready my handwriting;)

Posted by
828 posts

Thank you for your responses. I hope that Frank II and Pam are correct.

Mnannie,
Our doctors' clinic did not administer the vaccines so our certificates are not in our Mychart files. We had the first 2 shots done at a local hospital. They had tents set up outside. We had our booster done at a local CVS pharmacy. The nurse who gave the first dose put a pre-printed sticker on our certificate, and that sticker already had our names printed on it. The nurse handwrote the vaccine information on the certificate. So I can't change anything.

I prefer not to get new certificates if we don't have to. I also posted on another travel forum and will see what people there say. I guess I could always call the Greek consulate if I am still concerned.

Perhaps I am over-thinking this???

Frank II, how do know that in Europe and the US only the first and last names need to match?
Thanks!

Posted by
11260 posts

I have crossed more borders than I can count. My passport has my middle name. My transportation tickets don't. No one has ever stopped me.

Middle names are not popular in much of Europe.

Even our own U.S. government for things like Social Security and Medicare don't care about middle names. (My birth certificate and SS card have different spelling for my middle name. I asked and they don't care.)

I have crossed borders in Europe with my CDC card. It only has my first and last name. My passport has my middle name as well. No one flinched.

You can worry about it if you want, but it's just needless worry. They want to just make sure the card is yours. If you first and last name on the card match the first and last name on your passport you will be fine.

But to answer your question, you are overthinking this.

Posted by
8296 posts

Frank II is right, they will not care, you will be fine.

Posted by
82 posts

About the Health Pass in Greece:

The information that the vaccination certificate will probably be revoked shortly before Easter was confirmed yesterday by the assistant professor of Epidemiology of the Medical School of the University of Athens and member of the Committee of Experts of the Ministry of Health, Gikas Majorkinis.

Specifically speaking about Easter, he said that the chances are 50% that we will not have the vaccination certificate then: "It is a chance that we will not have the Covid pass for the restaurants"
The goal is also that there are no "obstacles" in tourism that especially this year Greece needs so much and so the only way is the abolition of the vaccination certificate for everyone.

Source date: March 16, 2022

Link (in Greek):
https://www.pronews.gr/elliniki-politiki/kyvernisi/pros-katargisi-to-pistopoiitiko-emvoliasmou-prin-to-pasxa-kai-enopsei-touristikis-periodou-oi-plirofories/

Posted by
5869 posts

Perhaps I am over-thinking this???

Yes, yes you are. I appreciate what the Greek government has posted, and it is perfect bureaucratic speak. Any form should have your full legal name and match identification.

However, it will not be the Greek Government Officials examining your CDC card and passport in detail, picking out any spelling errors. It will be Stavros at the local Taverna or Elena at the Acropolis ticket stall that will be looking at it. They may not even look at your passport, all they care is getting your business or moving you on, and being satisfied that if the authorities come around, they did their due diligence in verifying vaccination status.

As long as the average person can connect your passport to your CDC card, you will be fine. Even "Cathy" for Catherine" would probably be understood, Middle names, not a concern. Now if you are like one of my family members whose name is "Rodney" but uses "Mike" (not even a middle name, he has no middle name), then that might be an issue.

Oh, don't bother the consulate, that will just muddy the water. Hopefully by May, this will for the most part be a non-issue anyway.

Posted by
828 posts

Thank you to everyone who responded. I feel much better now. I know I tend to over-think things and take things too literal.

That is very interesting that the vaccination certificate requirement might be abolished in Greece. We will still travel with our CDC vaccination certificate. I believe that is just as important as traveling with our passports these days.

Posted by
9725 posts

"I know I tend to over-think things and take things too literal."

You know, I think this is part of trying to be a good traveler and a good guest in another country. We want to meet the letter of their law...if only we could figure out exactly what that is, lol!!

DO take your original vaccine card as it may be needed at some point during your trip. It may wind up being as important as a passport for future travel.

Have a wonderful time...now, go do a trial pack, hahaha!

Posted by
11260 posts

I arrive in Athens on Good Friday. My fingers are crossed that restriction are lifted.

Posted by
125 posts

We asked a guide we hired for Greece about the CDC card matching the passport. They said it wasn't a problem.

Posted by
828 posts

Thank you to Pam, Frank II and Sue!

That is comforting to hear from the tour guide.

Frank II, let us know how your trip goes regarding the Covid requirements.

Posted by
5 posts

I had the same worry as the OP! I even emailed the Greek consulate a few weeks ago - they never replied. I'm traveling in May. I believe someone told me on another site as long is there is no difference in names - like a nickname on the CDC card, the missing middle name should not be a problem.

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828 posts

dee2013, thank you for your response! Any piece of information is helpful!