With Europe beginning to reopen its borders to travelers from outside the continent, the European Union announced the launch of the “EU Digital Covid Certificate”, or what is known as the Corona passport, according to a report published by CNN.CNN) American.
Nine countries have begun work to issue passports, with more countries expected to join before the plan is officially launched on July 1, and the European Parliament voted by an overwhelming majority to approve the plan on Wednesday.
What will the EU COVID electronic certificate carry?
The certificate will record 3 things:
- Pregnant woman’s vaccination record
- Negative tests
- Previous injury history
Where will you work?
The certificate will be valid in all EU member states, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and likely Switzerland as well.
Is the certificate the same as the EU Covid vaccine passport?
Yes, it is also known as an ‘immunity pass’ or ‘health pass’, and the official name is ‘EU COVID Electronic Certificate’.
For more information about the passport, you can access the official website from this link.
Is the certificate digital or paper?
This will be up to the holder, and he or she can choose between them. Each will contain a “QR code”, which can be scanned when entering a country, and each will be in the national language of the issuing country, in addition to English.
How it works?
Each issuer is assigned a digital signature, which is embedded in a QR code, and border officials will scan the code to see the data.
When will it start working?
The scheme officially begins on July 1, with member states allowing an additional 6 weeks if they need to. Currently, 9 Member States are already issuing certificates.
What countries do you use?
As of June 8, 9 European Union member states have joined: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Poland and Spain.
Who qualifies for an EU COVID electronic certificate?
EU citizens, their families and legal residents, according to official data so far. However, a spokesman for the union told CNN that they expect to open the program to non-citizens, including Americans, and it depends on the countries. More information is expected to be announced before the official launch on July 1.
Does the vaccination you received affect the certificate?
Yes, only approved vaccines are approved for use in the European Union, which has approved Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca-Oxford and Johnson & Johnson. (Johnson & Johnson).
So, for example, Sputnik-V and Sinovac were not counted. At least, this is the norm at the EU level, but countries can modify the rules.
How many people have already obtained the e-EU covid certificate?
According to the European Commission, more than a million people had already registered by last Tuesday.
Is there a cost for an EU COVID e-Certificate?
No, it’s free. Make sure you get it through the official channels, as CNN warns that fake sites have already been created to get you certified for a fee. In return, the European Union promised that certificates would be easy to obtain.
How do I get the certificate?
Countries issue their own certificates, whether through the online portal, through health authorities or at testing centers, and it is expected that more information will be announced soon.
We now turn to the travel rules in some European countries, according to a report in France 24 in partnership with Agence France-Presse and The Associated Press:
Travel to Britain has become difficult for most of the world due to strict access restrictions, costly quarantine requirements and COVID-19 testing.
The efforts of the tourism sector are mostly focused on local vacationers. People from Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands can enter freely.
Travelers from a few “green” countries – including Australia, New Zealand and Iceland – have the best chance of a holiday in Britain. Although they need to take a negative COVID-19 test and pay for an additional test on the second day after arrival, if the second test is negative then quarantine is not necessary.
Spain has dropped the requirement for arrivals from the European Union to take a Polymerase chain reaction-PCR (PCR) test from 7 June.
Anyone who has been vaccinated can now enter the country, regardless of their country of origin. Recognized vaccines are those approved by the drug regulator in Europe, as well as two Chinese vaccines authorized by the World Health Organization “Sinopharm” and Sinovac.
Authorities will accept official certificates as proof that visitors have been vaccinated at least 14 days before the trip, or that they have overcome COVID-19 infection in the past six months.
Spain continues to ban non-essential travelers from Brazil, India and South Africa, where virus variants remain a major concern.
Masks remain mandatory, including outdoors, except for beaches, as long as people maintain a distance of at least 1.5 meters (5 feet) from each other. Walking on the beach will still need a mask.
Spain says it is ready for an EU travel permit, but has not yet joined the system.
Arrivals from the European Union and Britain must take a COVID-19 test, negative less than 48 hours in advance, and fill out a health form, but they do not have to go into quarantine.
Travelers from Australia, South Korea, Rwanda, Thailand, Canada and the United States need to test negative, go into a 10-day quarantine and then take another test.
Italy is off-limits to tourists from Brazil, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Masks are still mandatory, although in July people may be allowed to take them off outside.
All arrivals from the European Union, the Schengen area, and the United Kingdom require a negative PCR test less than 72 hours before entering Portugal. The same rules apply to those coming from Australia, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda and other countries.
Everyone else outside of the above needs a compelling reason to enter Portugal.
Arrivals from South Africa, Brazil and India will have to self-isolate upon arrival.
Social distancing and the wearing of masks are mandatory, and there are special rules for beaches and pool areas, with a minimum distance of 3 meters between umbrellas.
Portugal is expected to sign the EU passport on 1 July.
People from the European Union and the Schengen area are allowed to enter Greece, as are residents of Canada, the United States, China, Thailand, Russia and Saudi Arabia. However, they must fill out a form and provide proof of vaccination, a PCR test in less than 72 hours, or a certificate of post-infection immunity.
Masks are mandatory indoors and outdoors.
France has announced a color map showing entry protocols for the summer travel season, as restrictions are lifted for residents of the European Union and “green” countries such as Australia, South Korea, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand and Singapore.
In “orange” regions including Britain, North America and most of Asia and Africa, even vaccinated travelers will have to take a negative COVID-19 test within the past 72 hours, or 48 hours for a “negative antigen test”, but they They will no longer need to be quarantined.
For unvaccinated people coming from the “orange” areas, only essential travel will be allowed and a 7-day quarantine will be allowed, in addition to the above requirements for COVID-19 testing.
Visitors from 16 countries will remain severely restricted, including India, Turkey, South Africa and most of South America including Brazil.
Wearing masks is mandatory indoors and outdoors, but curfew rules will be lifted on June 30.
Source : Associated Press + Al Jazeera + Agencies + French + CNN