“Covid Passport” All you need to know
1 What is the Covid Passport?
The digital certificate or Covid Passport with which the European Commission aims to stimulate travel in the European Union and which will contain information on whether a person has been vaccinated has covid-passed antibodies or a negative PCR test. It will be written in English and in the national language of each Member State and will be valid in all 27 EU countries.
2 What is its purpose?
To remove restrictions on free movement in a coordinated way within the European Union.
3 Who can obtain it?
Anyone who wants to move to another Member State.
4 What information will it contain?
The name and surname of the person concerned, as well as the dates of birth and vaccination. If you have not been vaccinated, you must add the type of test you have had, the date and time it was carried out, the centre and the result. If, on the other hand, none of these operations were carried out but you have passed and recovered from the disease, you must indicate the date on which you tested positive for covid19, the person who issued the certificate, the date of the certificate and the period of validity.
5 Will there be a fee?
The covid passport will be free of charge and can be obtained in digital or paper format.
6 Is a vaccine valid?
Member States will be able to issue certificates of vaccination regardless of the type of anti-viral vaccine administered. And will have to accept certificates of vaccination for all vaccines that have received an EU marketing authorisation. At present, only four vaccines comply with this requirement: BioNTEch/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and J&J.
7 Should a quarantine be required during travel?
Brussels is asking governments to exempt people with the digital certificate from quarantine on arrival at their destination or from undergoing PCR testing. However, it asks countries to justify their decision if they maintain these requirements.
8 When will the covid passport start to be implemented?
The proposal still needs to be approved by the Member States and the European Parliament. In principle, it is expected to be implemented on 1 July 2021.