European Union Officially Launches the Use of Covid-19 Vaccine Passports

European Union Officially Launches the Use of Covid-19 Vaccine Passports

The European Union officially reinstated cross-border free travel between its member states on Thursday (1/7). However, there is a new rule, namely that residents of the Blue Continent must bring a certificate, both digital and physical, which includes information about vaccinations, tests, or having recovered from Covid-19.

UMMATIMES - This certificate is known as the European Union Digital Covid Certificate (EUDCC). The certificate is official, free, and must be recognized by the 27 member states of the European Union as well as Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway.

The EUDCC applies in three situations, firstly proving whether a person has been vaccinated against Covid-19. Second, did they have a recent negative test. Third, whether the related individual is considered immune after having been infected with Covid-19. For the latter, evidence of a PCR test showing a positive result is required.

Then regarding vaccination, countries must receive vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), namely Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson. They can also receive, although this is not mandatory, citizens who are vaccinated using the Sputnik V vaccine. The vaccine is known to be approved by several European Union countries.

Regarding the operation of the EUDCC, as of Wednesday (30/6) evening 21 EU member states were already connected to the system network and six others were technically ready. The implementation period will be gradual, with a grace period running until August 12 for countries that are not ready by July 1. During that period, other countries must receive a national document on the condition that it contains the required data at the European level.

The existence of the EUDCC is intended to allow EU residents to travel more freely throughout member countries by reducing paperwork and eliminating quarantines. According to a Euronews report, the European Union is currently in talks with several other countries, including Britain and the United States (US), to be able to recognize the certificate.