EU plans Covid-19 digital passport in time for summer

The EU will propose Covid-19 passports to facilitate travel within the bloc later this month in time for the summer, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said.

The so-called “digital green pass” will include proof that a person had been vaccinated, Covid-19 test results for those who have not been vaccinated and information on Covid-19 recovery, von der Leyen tweeted.

“The digital green pass should facilitate Europeans’ lives,” von der Leyen tweeted. “The aim is to gradually enable them to move safely in the European Union or abroad – for work or tourism.”

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Last week EU leaders agree that the introduction of vaccine passports was necessary to allow travel within the bloc.

“Everyone agreed that we need a digital vaccination certificate,” Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, said. “This will make travelling within the EU possible and could pave the way for further travel from third countries into the EU.”

The UK is also reviewing the introduction of Covid-19 passports, it said as part of its road map to end Covid-19 restrictions.

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“[The review] will include assessing to what extent certification would be effective in reducing risk, and the potential uses to enable access to settings or a relaxation of COVID-Secure mitigations,” according to the government’s 60-page roadmap document.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the House of Commons on 22 February that the government would be “mindful of the many concerns surrounding exclusion, discriminatory and privacy”.

Greece is already providing its citizens with a certification to prove that they have been vaccinated, and the country has said it will allow vaccinated tourists to visit the country from May, according to reports.

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