The European Commission presented a proposal to create a Digital Green Certificate to facilitate the safe free movement of citizens within the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Digital Green Certificate is a digital proof that a person has either
- been vaccinated against COVID-19
- received a negative test result or
- recovered from COVID-19
Digital Green Certificates will be (at least) valid in all EU Member States.
When travelling, every EU citizen or third-country national legally staying or residing in the EU, who holds a Digital Green Certificate, should be exempted from free movement restrictions in the same way as citizens from the visited Member State.
The Digital Green Certificate will be available free of charge in digital and/or paper format and will safe, secure and efficient using an QR code.
- The European Parliament and EU Member States will need to approve the proposal
- Discussion during European Council on 25 March 2021
- By summer:
- By the EU – The Commission will set up a digital infrastructure that would facilitate the authentication of the Digital Green Certificates
- By the Member States – Introduce the necessary changes in their national health records systems
- COVID-19: Digital green certificates, press release, European Commission (17 March 2021)
- Digital Green Certificate factsheet, press release, European Commission (17 March 2021)
- Questions and Answers– Digital Green Certificate, Questions and Answers, European Commission (17 March 2021)
- Coronavirus: a common path to Europe’s safe re-opening, press release, European Commission (17 March 2021)