Legislation regarding the certificate’s release as well as details regarding content and issuance (guidelines) was published in the Government Gazette on Sunday.
Greece’s digital certificate, which will be available from June 1, is part of an EU-wide initiative and aims to facilitate the free movement of EU citizens during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and make it easier for them to cross European internal borders without facing additional travel restrictions.
The certificate can be used by travelers as proof that they have either:
– been vaccinated against Covid-19,
– have a negative test result, or
– have recovered from the virus.
“Greece’s inclusion among the first countries that will activate the EU COVID Certificate from Tuesday, proves our readiness for a safer and freer summer,” the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said during a cabinet meeting on Monday.
How residents of Greece can issue their certificate
Residents of Greece will be able to get their Digital COVID Certificate through this link on the gov.gr website.
After selecting which certificate they want to issue (a certificate for being vaccinated against COVID-19 or a certificate of having recovered from COVID-19 or a certificate of a negative test result), users have to log into the system with their TaxisNet username and password, then enter their social security number (AMKA) and ID or passport number.
After logging in, users have to enter the required information in order to issue one of the three certificates.
For a vaccination certificate
Vaccinated persons will have to include the following information:
3) date of birth
4) disease targeted
5) type of vaccine
6) vaccine medicinal product
7) vaccine manufacturer
8) number in a series of vaccinations/doses and the overall number of doses in the series
9) date of vaccination (date of the last dose administered must be included).
For a test certificate
Greece’s Digital Covid Certificate for tests can be issued for PCR or rapid antigen tests. Those who have tested negative for Covid and want to issue a certificate will have to include the following information:
3) date of birth
4) targeted disease
5) type of test
6) name of test
7) manufacturer of the test
8) date and time of collection of test sample
9) date and time of test result
10) test result
11) health facility where test was taken.
For a recovery certificate
The EU Digital Covid Certificate of recovery confirms that the holder has recovered from a SARS-CoV-2 infection following a positive test. The following information must be included to issue a recovery certificate:
3) date of birth
4) the disease from which the person has recovered from
5) date of the positive result.
All three certificates will contain a unique identification number and QR code with a digital signature aimed at protecting from forgery. The QR codes will be verified on the European Commission’s EU Gateway portal.
Greece’s Digital COVID Certificate will be free of charge, available for printing on paper or for downloading in digital format and issued in English and Greek.
Later this month, residents in Greece will be able to issue the certificates also at KEP (Citizen Service Center) offices.
It should be noted that no one will be obliged to use the digital Covid certificates. However, only the Digital Covid Certificate will guarantee that one can cross internal EU borders without additional requirements (such as quarantine upon arrival), as it will be accepted by all member states.
The EU’s joint Digital COVID Certificate will be introduced in July.