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Briefly explained: Digital vaccination certificate from the EU

Who will get the certificate?

All people who live in the EU or can legally enter the Union receive a certificate if they meet the requirements. The nationality does not matter. All EU countries, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway undertake to mutually recognize the certificate.

What is certified?

A vaccination with a vaccine approved in the EU, and a survived corona infection that led to antibodies. A negative corona test, either using the PCR method or a rapid antigen test, is also detected. So-called self-tests are not accepted. The certificate is issued electronically or on paper as a QR code by the national health authorities. Member states can also accept Chinese or Russian vaccines.

What rights does a certificate grant?

If you have an EU certificate, you no longer have to present a Covid test when traveling within the EU, do not have to be in quarantine and can travel for no particular reason. However, the member states can deviate from these regulations if they notify the EU Commission and give reasons.

Is the certificate a substitute for an ID?

No, the certificate is not a substitute for a valid passport or identity card. Even without a vaccination certificate, EU citizens can in principle travel freely, in the Schengen area even without personal controls. However, tests and quarantine can then be prescribed.

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What are the advantages of the certificate?

Each member state decides for itself which advantages the holders of a "vaccination pass" should get. In Austria, this is intended to regulate access to restaurants. Overnight in hotels in Greece. Other states, such as Germany, have not yet committed themselves. Airlines, concert organizers or theaters could, however, require the certificate for their services even without government regulation.

What about non-European trips or travelers?

The EU Commission wants to strive for global recognition of the certificate and also recognize certificates from Israel or other countries as far as possible. Corresponding projects of the World Health Organization are also supported. This is intended to facilitate transcontinental travel.

When does it start?

The target is June 2021. The EU technical platform should be ready by then. At the same time, the 27 member states and the four associated states must develop their national certificates and make them compatible.

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Since the "vaccination passport project" will be a real law, binding on the Member States, it will have to go through the normal legislative process. The member states must agree in the Council of the EU. The European Parliament has to agree. There are already some requests for changes. Normal laws and their implementation in the 27 states can take years. This time it should work within a few weeks.

How is the "digital green certificate" checked?

Stationary or systematic controls at national borders, at airports or train stations are not provided for in travel, according to the draft of the EU Commission. The member states should think up their own way of how inspections should take place. Sampling could be a solution. Organizers, airlines and bar owners can have the certificate shown to them before entering halls, planes or bars.

How long is the certificate valid?

The validity is set for 180 days after recovery after Covid, but can be extended after a vaccination. The validity after vaccination is still unclear. The validity after a corona test is a few hours or days. Those who have already been vaccinated today can receive the certificate retrospectively. As soon as the WHO declares the pandemic to be over, the certificate expires.