The European Commission has unveiled its plans for the new ‘digital green pass’ which will facilitate free movement within the EU during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The programme aims to provide evidence that the passenger has been vaccinated against Covid, has recovered from the virus or received a negative test result, which prevents discrimination against individuals who have not been vaccinated. President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen commented the ‘digital green pass’ will allow “free and safe movement in the EU” and a “common path to gradual, safe and lasting reopening.”
The pass will be available to all EU member state citizens as well as non-EU nationals who reside in the EU. It is also open to citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland and visitors who have the right to travel to other member states. It will be available free of charge and the green certificates will be bilingual.
The digital green pass will contain personal data and relevant information about the vaccine, recovery or test and a QR code with a digital signature to ensure authenticity and security. A gateway will be created by the European Commission to make sure certificates can be verified across the EU.