The European Union (EU) Covid digital certificate has officially entered into force, allowing citizens and residents to have their pass issued and verified throughout the block.
As of Wednesday evening, 21 of the 27 EU member states, as well as Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, were connected to the system’s network while the rest were technically ready and joined the system on Thursday, the agency reported. Xinhua press.
Some countries have already started using the new health certificate in June.
According to the European Commission, all member states should now be able to issue and accept the laissez-passer.
The EU’s Covid digital certificate is free and is expected to be recognized by all 27 member states as well as Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway.
The certificate will make travel easier, helping to exempt holders from restrictions such as quarantine.
The EU had said it was in talks with several other countries, such as the UK and the US, over mutual recognition and the exploitation of Covid-related documents.
The certificate applies in three situations: it certifies whether a person has been vaccinated against Covid-19, if they have had a recent negative test, or if they are considered to be immune having previously contracted the disease.
Countries are required to accept vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), namely Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.
Welcoming its entry into force, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, declared that “the certificate is the symbol of an open and secure Europe which opens with caution by protecting the health of our citizens in the foreground “.
She said that over 200 million certificates have already been generated.
Under the new rules, member states must refrain from imposing additional travel restrictions on holders of an EU Covid digital certificate, unless they are necessary and proportionate to protect public health.
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