What is the EU Digital COVID certificate and how does it impact American travelers visiting Europe?
The 27 nations that comprise the European Union are reopening to tourists this summer, including those from the United States. To make it easier for them to move around, EU countries are issuing EU Digital COVID Certificates. Also referred to as Digital Green Passes, Digital Green Certificates, or even “vaccine passports,” here’s what you need to know about traveling to the EU as a tourist this summer
What Is the EU Digital COVID Certificate?
The EU Digital COVID Certificate provides proof that its holder has either received a COVID-19 vaccine, tested negative for the virus, or has recovered from COVID. In this case, these certificates were created to be used by EU citizens. However, travelers from the United States, the United Kingdom, and other countries may receive permission to access the system. This was confirmed to CNN by EU officials.
Who Can Access the EU Digital COVID Certificate?
The bloc’s member nations can decide if non-EU citizens can also use the digital travel certificate. In the future, a separate certificate might be developed for American travelers, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet.
Starting July 1, all 27 countries in the European Union will issue their version of the Digital COVID Certificate. Currently, nine of those 27 are already using the system at airports and border crossings. These countries are: Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Poland, and Spain.
How the Digital COVID Certificate Works
Travelers with valid, verified vaccine records, a negative COVID-19 test, or proof of recovery from COVID-19 will receive a customized QR code for border officials and airport security workers to scan. The certificate containing the code can be either downloaded on smartphones or printed in hard-copy form.