Political agreement on the EU Digital COVID Certificate (previously called the Digital Green Certificate) has been reached between the European Parliament and the Council, thus being on track to be ready at the end of June as planned.
Welcoming this swift progress, President Ursula von der Leyen said: "We are delivering on our commitment to have the EU Digital COVID Certificate up and running before the summer. European citizens are looking forward to travelling again, and today's agreement means they will be able to do so safely very soon."
Following the agreement reached by the European Parliament and the Council, the EU Digital COVID Certificate:
- will cover vaccination, test and recovery;
- will be available in a digital and paper-based format, depending on the choice of the recipients, and contain a digitally signed QR code;
- will be free of charge, be obtained easily and also available to persons vaccinated before the EU Digital COVID Certificate Regulation has entered into force;
- may also be used by Member States for national purposes if this is provided for in national law.
- Member States shall refrain from imposing additional travel restrictions on the holders of an EU Digital COVID Certificate, unless they are necessary and proportionate to safeguard public health.
- The Commission will also mobilise €100 million to support Member States in providing affordable tests.
The EU Digital COVID Certificate is free of charge, secure and accessible to all. It will cover vaccination, test and recovery, offering different options to citizens. It fully respects citizens' fundamental rights, including protection of personal data.