Agreement reached on the Covid Certificate for EU Travel
Covid Certificates latest news 21st May - A Green light has been given for covid certificates to facilitate travel in the EU this summer - After four rounds of negotiations, the representatives of the Eurochamber and the Council succeed in closing an interim agreement for it to enter into force on 1st July
Parliament and the Presidency of the European Union on behalf of the 27 European governments, have given the Green Light to the Covid passport to facilitate travel this summer. An important measure to boost tourism, which will enter into force on 1st July.
Those who are fully vaccinated, immunized because they have passed the disease or who have a recent negative PCR test may travel from outside the Union. Tests that will not be free, will be borne by the tourist. The European Commission will allocate EUR 100 million, to fund the PCRs of those who have to cross the border for work, studies or medical visits.
The European Parliament demanded that they be free, in order to avoid discrimination with vaccinated persons, to which most governments, including Spain, were opposed by the high burden it would place on national coffers in a country so dependent on tourism.
Finally, the Euro-Chamber has ceded and accepted the solution proposed by the European Commission which undertakes to allocate EUR 100 million of the emergency instrument to the Member States to provide the tests and be "affordable and accessible", especially for those who have to cross borders on a daily basis to work, study, visit family members or receive medical care. The agreement also provides, if necessary, for the trigger of an additional 100 million, but subject to approval by the budgetary authorities.
States may not apply exceptional quarantines unless required by the health situation and always notifying 48 hours in advance.
Covid Certificates for EU Travel
The certificate will not be a passport as such, which is still mandatory to travel, but it will facilitate the mobility of people who meet one of the three requirements to obtain it. The pulse of governments and Euro-Camera in view of the free PCR tests or the possibility of introducing additional restrictions has been resolved by a number of commitments that will enable the processing to be completed and the regulation approved by mid-June.
Justice commissioner Didier Reynders has celebrated. "It is an important step to restart free movement as safely as possible while providing clarity and certainty to our citizens," adds Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides. "The European Parliament has not achieved everything it wanted but we have substantially improved all the articles of the European Commission proposal and the mandate of the Council," said Eurocamera negotiator Juan Fernando López Aguilar, who believes that the document will make a difference this summer and will prevent it from "resemting the nightmare of 2020".
Covid Certificates for EU Travel
Electronic and paper
The document, which leaves out the "green" collection and will be called the "EU covid digital certificate", will be issued in electronic format, or on paper for people who do not have a smartphone, and will include a QR code with the necessary fundamental information to certify that the traveller is free of the coronavirus. It may be requested by all persons who wish to travel to other European countries and will be temporary until WHO declares an end to the pandemic. In addition, it will be free and bilingual (English and the language of the issuing country) and will only include essential information such as first name, surname and date of birth.
In the case of the vaccination certificate, the vaccine used, the manufacturer, the dose number and the date of injection should be mentioned. All vaccines authorised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will be accepted: BionTech/Pfizer, Modern, AstraZeneca and Johnson&Johnson, although each country may decide whether to accept vaccination certificates from other Member States under the World Health Organization(WHO) emergency list.
If the person travelling does so with a test as proof, the certificate will have to mention the type of the test in question, the date, the center where the analysis was carried out and the result. Finally, when the recovery is certified, the document will have to specify the date on which the person tested positive, the name of the issuing body, the date of issue, as well as the validity.
The next step now will be to put the agreement to vote in the European Parliament's civil liberties committee on 26th May and to the plenary meeting during the plenary session from 7th to 10th June, deadlines that will allow the processing to be completed in time so that it can be used this summer. The agreement includes a transition period of six weeks from 1st July so that countries that have not completed the preparations do so and can continue to use their national or regional certificates.
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