16 Aug All you need to know about the European Covid Passport
Get the European Covid Passport and travel around Europe
Looking to make travel a bit simpler? Getting an EU Digital COVID Certificate can help.
Here’s all you need to know about the EU Digital COVID certificate also known as the European COVID/Vaccine Passport
What is it?
The objective of this document is to make travelling between EU countries easier during the pandemic. The document will certify if the carrier has (1) been fully vaccinated against covid, (2) has antibodies present after recovering from the virus or (3) has a recent negative PCR test. The certificate is offered to EU citizens and residents for free and will be valid for a year in all EU countries as well as Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, and Liechtenstein. It is available in digital or paper format in English and the language of the issuing country.
How will it help?
As mentioned, the purpose of the covid passport is to help ease travel between EU nations, as well as Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, and Liechtenstein during COVID. Holders of the certification should be largely exempt from free movement restrictions such as quarantine (self-isolating) and testing requirements in the stated areas. This is of course barring any special circumstances that may apply in nations that are seeing a substantial rise in cases. In the event that a member nation feels they need to impose additional travel restrictions on holders of the certificate, those restrictions must be deemed necessary and proportionate to safeguard public health. That member state must also notify the Commission – which created the certificate – and all other member nations of these new restrictions and justify their decision to implement them.
How can I obtain a certificate?
Certificates are issued by national authorities, so you can obtain one by checking with your country’s testing sites or health authorities for more information. You can also click the link provided below to help get you started with the process. Select your country of residence on the map provided and follow the instructions to begin the application process. Certificates are offered digitally but you can request a paper version. The certificate contains a QR code with vital information, as well as a signature for proof of authenticity. Unfortunately resulting from their exit from the EU, the certificate is not available to those in the UK, and not yet provided to those in the U.S, though authorities are hoping to have it available to U.S residents soon.
What data does the certificate provide? Will my information be safe?
Yes. Don’t worry your information is safe. The certificate only contains information necessary for validity which include your name, date or birth, the date of issuance and the relevant information about your vaccination/testing/recovery. A unique identifier is created for you and your personal data is not stored or transferred when it is scanned or checked in other areas. All personal information remains with the issuing nation for securities sake.
How does the certificate work?
The QR code generated in the application process is what will be used to verify information. The digital signature in the code also protects against falsification. The code is scanned when the certificate is checked which will verify the signature and allow passage. Each issuing body has a unique digital signature key which is stored in the database of each member nation. The European Commission has created a gateway which will allow the certificates to be verified across the EU and is helping member nations create apps and software to issue, verify and store certificates.
Does it matter which vaccine or test I receive?
Yes and no. You can receive a certificate for any COVID -19 vaccine which received EU marketing authorization, though you must be fully vaccinated; meaning you have received all doses of the vaccine necessary. In regard to testing, the participating nations have agreed to a validity period of 72 hours for PCR test and 48 hours for rapid antigen tests. Fully vaccinated and recovered individuals should be exempt from travel related testing and quarantining for 14 days.
Information is constantly changing around the current COVID situation, so to find updated information or learn more about the COVID/Vaccine Passport and begin the process of obtaining one, visit the link below:
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