As travel restrictions become more flexible, Members of the European Parliament (MEP) they approved this wednesday a new travel certificate that will allow people to move between the countries of the European Union without having to self-quarantine or undergo additional coronavirus testing.
The regulations governing vaccination certificates were approved in two votes in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.
The certificate, which has been expected for some time, aims to restore the travel industry in Europe, boost tourism and contribute to economic recovery.
Countries will have six weeks to prepare before the rules are strictly enforced. As of July 1, and for twelve months, all countries of the European Union must recognize the certificate.
What does it certify?
The certificates will be issued free of charge by each nation, will be available on paper with an advanced security QR code and certify that the person has been vaccinated against the virus, has tested negative or has recovered from the disease.
A common system across the EU will make certificates verifiable in all countries, as well as prevent fraud and counterfeiting. Personal information will not be shared with other countries.
Key tourist destinations such as Greece have encouraged the use of the certificate, while several EU countries have already started using the system, such as Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece and Poland.
All member countries of the European Union must accept vaccination certificates issued in other EU states for vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency.