EU Launches Covid Passport for Summer Travel

By Paul Riegler on 2 June 2021
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The ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionhearted was held captive in Dürnstein

The European Union introduced its highly anticipated digital Covid-19 passport Tuesday.

The EU Digital Covid Certificate will allow travelers to upload proof of vaccine, proof of a negative coronavirus test, or proof that the bearer previously contracted the virus and has since recovered, the European Commission said.

The certificate will be issued in the country’s national language and in English.  It is free of charge and valid in all EU countries.

Seven member nations –Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Germany, Greece, and Poland– already issue the certificate.

The  holder of the passport will then receive a QR code with a digital signature “to protect it against falsification.” No personal data is exchanged or stored.

“EU citizens are looking forward to traveling again, and they want to do so safely,” said Stella Kyriakides, the bloc’s commissioner of health and food safety. “Having an EU certificate is a crucial step on the way.”

Non-EU countries including Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland have plans to issue and accept the certificate as well.

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