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EU COVID Travel Pass on Track to be Ready End of June

Photo source: European Parliament / © H_Ko/AdobeStock

Photo source: European Parliament / © H_Ko/AdobeStock

European Parliament and Council negotiators on Thursday reached a provisional political agreement on the regulation concerning the EU Digital COVID Certificate to facilitate travel in Europe during the pandemic.

According to the European Commission, the EU Digital COVID Certificate (previously referred to as the Digital Green Certificate) is on track to be ready end of June, as planned.

The EU Digital COVID Certificate – What was agreed

Trilogue on the EU COVID-19 certificate. Photo © European Union 2021 – Source : EP

Trilogue on the EU COVID-19 certificate. Photo © European Union 2021 – Source : EP

The agreement between Parliament and Council was reached after four rounds of negotiations and, among other things, ensures that:

“Affordable and accessible testing” will be more widely available for the purpose of issuing EU digital Covid test certificates. The Commission will mobilise 100 million euros to support Member States in providing affordable tests.

– Member States shall refrain from imposing additional travel restrictions on the holders of an EU Digital COVID Certificate, unless they are necessary and proportionate to safeguard public health

The agreed text will now be put to the Civil Liberties Committee on May 26 and then to plenary for approval as well as to the Council. If confirmed by the committee, it will be tabled for adoption in plenary during the June I plenary session (June 7-10).

All parties have agreed that the EU digital Covid Certificate regulation should be in place for 12 months. The certificate will not be a precondition to exercise the right to free movement and will not be considered a travel document.

The EU Digital COVID Certificate – Key features

Photo © European Union 2021 – Source : EP

Photo © European Union 2021 – Source : EP

Following the agreement reached by the European Parliament and the Council, the EU Digital COVID Certificate:

– will attest that a person has been vaccinated against coronavirus or has a recent negative test result or has recovered from the infection
– will be available in a digital and paper-based format, depending on the choice of the recipients
– will contain a digitally signed QR code
– will be free of charge and obtained easily
– will be available to persons vaccinated before the EU Digital COVID Certificate Regulation has entered into force
– may also be used by Member States for national purposes, if this is provided for in national law.

The EU Digital COVID Certificate – Common EU framework

A common EU format for certificate and framework will allow member states to issue certificates that will then be accepted in other EU countries.

“Work still remains. At EU level, the system will be ready in the next few days. It is now crucial that all Member States press ahead with the roll-out of their national systems to ensure that the system can be up and running as soon as possible. This is what EU citizens rightly expect,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said.

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  1. Andrea Reply

    What if i make the test on june 29/30 and the pharmacies/lab do not release any qr code? will be denied boarding? regulation apply from july first but what happen if theyre not ready at local level?

  2. suzy bochi Reply

    I have had 2 vaccinations. How can I prove this without having the official European attest when entering Greece?

  3. MR D COCHRANE Reply

    And if you don’t have a fancy phone!!!!!how does that work?

  4. Kilopopoulos Reply

    Italy requires children to be tested above the age of 2, how sick is that?

    • Christian Reply

      They will probably change it, when they find oht tourists just have no way to comply to that, because its simply not available in their home country.

      But frankly, as much as I love Greece, Spain or Portugal are already adapting their rules to family reality, so they might simply become first choice for central- and northern European families this year

  5. Christian Reply

    Again no agreement on how to deal with kids.

    Children dont get vaccinated.

    Therefore any child from the age of 5 would need a PCR-tets do enter Greece – BUT e.g. Austria doesnt test children younger than 6 at all…

    I wonder of any of those decision makers have families with chilren themselves?

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