Posted on 02/07/2021

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What you need to know about the EU's digital COVID certificate

With the Covid pandemic calming down and travel restrictions easing up, it is now essential for people who are going on vacation this summer to have all the information about the EU's digital certificate. Indeed, movement within Europe will now be a lot easier as long as you have a digital Covid certificate. This digital certificate will track people and show if they have been vaccinated, tested negative for the virus, or if they already had it and recovered. This way, travel will be easier and safer for everyone. Of course, these certificates are issued by health officials, which means that they are verified and therefore can be trusted.

With the Covid pandemic calming down and travel restrictions easing up, it is now essential for people who are going on vacation this summer to have all the information about the EU's digital certificate. Indeed, movement within Europe will now be a lot easier as long as you have a digital Covid certificate. This digital certificate will track people and show if they have been vaccinated, tested negative for the virus, or if they already had it and recovered. This way, travel will be easier and safer for everyone. Of course, these certificates are issued by health officials, which means that they are verified and therefore can be trusted.

But how does it work exactly?

If you are an EU citizen, you can get both a digital and a paper version of the certificate linking to a QR code with all the information about your status. That way, you will be exempt from free movement restrictions such as having to quarantine or to go through more testing "unless they are necessary and proportionate to safeguard public health".

Of course, the certificate is completely free, which means anyone can get one. If Denmark, Spain and Greece have already started to use it, it is coming into place on the 1st of July in other European countries, except in Ireland where it has been delayed to July 19 due to a cyber attack. Members of the Schengen zone such as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland are as well affected by these new measures. The certificates will however only be valid if you received a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency, which includes Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson. - © Shutterstock

Who can travel and under what conditions?

Regarding children, they can be vaccinated between the ages of 12 and 15 or will need a negative test result. However, if they are under the age of 6, they will not need to be tested. Besides, it is important to note that the certificate isn't always essential to travel - it depends on the country you are visiting, so make sure to do some research before you book your trip.

In order to come into Europe if you come from a country outside of the European union, regulations are slightly different. If you come from a green country (according to the EU's traffic light system), you will be able to travel freely without any documents. At the moment, this list includes countries such as the United States, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and Lebanon.

If you come from an amber country, you will need to show you were vaccinated, to have a negative test result or to go through quarantine. The UK is amongst those countries, and if you want to go to Portugal for instance, you necessarily have to be vaccinated. Finally, if you come from a red-listed country, you are not allowed in the EU unless it is for essential reasons. But in the end, the last say belongs to each individual country, so always make sure to check travel advice before you go away. - © Shutterstock