EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced that an agreement was reached on the vaccine certification as a result of negotiations between the EU Commission, the EU Council and the European Parliament.
Firstly Digital Green Certificate document defined as EU Digital COVID Certificate Von der Leyen stated that this is an important step towards re-establishing safe and easy travel across the EU.
According to the consensus, EU member states will avoid travel restrictions such as additional testing or quarantine after the certificate goes into effect. However, countries will be able to take additional measures when necessary, such as protecting public health.
The EU Commission will transfer 100 million euros from the emergency support mechanism to make Covid-19 tests affordable.
The EU Digital COVID Certificate will be free, prepared on paper or digitally. People who are not vaccinated in order to prevent discrimination will also be able to have a certificate.
The vaccination certificate will include information showing whether people have a Covid-19 vaccine, where and which vaccine, if any, a document about the recovery and antibody level of those who have had the disease, and the Covid-19 test result.
With the certificate, travel restrictions for people who have had Covid-19 vaccines approved in the EU can be lifted. However, EU countries will decide for themselves whether to accept other vaccines.
The EU has already approved vaccines manufactured by BioNTech-Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson.
The vaccine certificate will be valid in all EU countries, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The certificate can be given to EU citizens, their families regardless of which country they are citizens of, as well as non-EU residents and visitors eligible to travel to other EU countries.
In the negotiations, the EP demanded that the document be called the EU Digital COVID Certificate and that no additional travel restrictions such as quarantine or testing be imposed on certificate holders. He also wanted EU countries to provide timely and free testing to prevent discrimination against those who are not vaccinated.
After this stage, for the certification regulation to take effect, it must be approved by the EP General Assembly and member states. This process is expected to be completed by 1 July.