European Union Launches Digital Covid-19 Certificate

European Union Launches Digital Covid-19 Certificate

The European Union (EU) digital Covid-19 certificate system was officially launched on Thursday (1/7).

UMMATIMES -  Document aims to facilitate travel within the block's territory without further quarantine or testing requirements.

All EU citizens and residents can request the certificate from their respective country authorities free of charge.

The document is available in both print and digital format, featuring a QR code that allows authorities to scan and determine the traveler's status.

The certificate shows if a person has received all the recommended doses of vaccine approved by the European Medicine Agency, had a negative PCR test result in the last 72 hours, or had recovered from Covid-19 in the past six months.

EU countries can decide whether they allow entry of people who received only one dose of the vaccine or were injected with other vaccines, such as Russia's Sputnik V vaccine or China's Sinopharm.

The certificate system was proposed by the European Commission in March.

After several rounds of negotiations, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union agreed on the regulation of Covid-19 certificates on 20 May.