Iceland and 15 EU countries already issuing EU COVID-19 passports
Over half of the European Union Member States have started to issue COVID-19 vaccination passports for travel under the EU’s Digital COVID certificate, which has been established in a bid of the block to restore travel between the Member States, after more than a year of entry bans and travel restrictions in place, Schengen Visa Info reported.
According to the European Commission, the following EU countries are effectively connected to the EUDCC gateway and are issuing and/or verifying at least one vaccination, recovery, negative test certificate:
- The Czech Republic
- Iceland (non-EU Schengen country)
While on June 1, Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Croatia and Poland started to issue the first certificates in the block, Belgium and Portugal are the most recent EU countries to join the list.
The rest of the Member States are technically ready to connect to the EUDCC gateway and will start issuing the first passports for their citizens within the following days. France has already announced that it will update its COVID-19 vaccination certificate on June 22 in order to harmonise it with the EU Digital COVID Certificate.
National authorities are in charge of issuing the certificate. It could, for example, be issued by test centres or health authorities, or directly via an eHealth portal. The digital version can be stored on a mobile device. Citizens can also request a paper version. Both will have a QR code that contains essential information, as well as a digital signature to make sure the certificate is authentic. Member States have agreed on a common design that can be used for the electronic and paper versions to facilitate the recognition.
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