COVID-19: ‘Green’ Travel Pass to be Introduced Within the EU

Getting a COVID-19 vaccination is one of the prerequisites to receive a Digital Green Certificate to be able to travel within Europe this summer

Citizens and maybe residents of the European Union countries should be able to travel throughout Europe as soon as this summer, if they fall into one of three categories, as outlined by the European Commission: been given a Covid-19 vaccine, have proof of a negative Covid test, or evidence of a test showing the development of Covid antibodies after recovery from the virus.

President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen has declared that these travel rules will help ensure better safety regulations and coordination among EU member states. EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders explained that this is not a vaccination passport, but rather, a “Digital Green Certificate” that will make trips easier between E.U. member states, a privilege extended to include Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The certificate can also be in paper form, depending on the country and both versions will have a QR code, allowing access to a larger database for verification by authorities.

The Commission also hopes such passes will help tourism return this summer since the certificate is designed to facilitate traveling across borders. (mirabella shahidullah)

To read more in Italian, visit the La Repubblica news site.