With summer fast approaching, European governments are looking to welcome tourists once again amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to mitigate the virus’ propagation and facilitate safe movement within Europe, the European Union has proposed to implement a Digital Green Certificate. This Certificate will serve as proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result or recovered from COVID-19.
It will be free of charge, available as a paper or a digital document, with a QR code carrying encoded data that would be uploaded to the central system to allow verification in other EU countries through a single gateway. The European Union has stated that no one will be obliged to use the certificate.
To this date, only vaccines approved by the EMA (European Medicine Agency) are considered valid (Pfizer, Moderna, Janssen and AstraZeneca). Other vaccines such as the CoronaVac are currently being under review by the EMA.
Considered a priority by the European Commission, the initiative is currently going through a trial phase before receiving official approval. Tests will start in Portugal by the end of the week, with the ultimate aim being a full implementation by the 1 July 2021.