Travel to Europe: what is the new European Union Covid digital certificate? | Travel News | To travel
Travel across the European Union is back for those who can access the new EU Digital Covid certificate. Currently, the new ticket is only accessible to residents of the block.
Despite this, UK nationals who are legal residents of an EU state can access the Covid certificate, even if they are not yet citizens.
The certificate can be issued to those who are double-bitten, as well as to anyone who can provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test or to those who have recently recovered from Covid.
According to the European Commission, the certificate is issued to residents or citizens by local health authorities in their country of residence.
This information is stored on a QR code in the pass.
The certificate also contains essential personal information and a digital signature to prove its authenticity.
Travelers will still be required to carry their passport or other official ID with them when using the certificate.
The EU’s Covid digital certificate is believed to help facilitate ‘free movement’ within the bloc.
Within the EU, testing requirements and self-isolation are not mandatory for anyone with a valid EU Covid digital certificate.
According to the European Commission: “When traveling, the holder of an EU COVID digital certificate should in principle be exempted from restrictions on free movement: Member states should refrain from imposing additional travel restrictions to holders of an EU digital COVID certificate, unless they are necessary and proportionate. to protect public health. “
Britons wishing to visit the EU will have different requirements.
Some countries, like Spain and Greece, have agreed to accept the NHS Covid Pass for travel.
However, this is not yet agreed across the Union, so UK travelers should check their destination specific regulations before flying.