The "EU COVID-19 Certificate" will be officially launched in June
Last week, the European Parliament (EP) approved the new "EU COVID-19 Certificate" - the same digital green certificate proposed by the European Commission, but with a different name - which will be limited to 12 months, the passport that will allow the recovery of "safe" international mobility within the European Union.
The European Parliament stated that the holders "EU COVID-19 Certificate" they should not be required to comply with additional travel restrictions, such as quarantine, self-isolation or testing. MEPs demand that "Countries to provide universal, accessible, timely and free testing opportunities to avoid discrimination against those not vaccinated for economic reasons."
Ethical doubts marked the idea of a European vaccination passport from the beginning. Thus, in order to avoid any discrimination, MEPs call for tests to be free, as well as vaccines, so that both vaccinated and unvaccinated EU citizens can travel with one or more security measures. Everyone will be able to travel within the European Union, but those who are not vaccinated will be subject to restrictions, as each Member State will have the power to impose its own restrictions, including those who are vaccinated.
"EU COVID-19 Certificate" will facilitate safe travel this summer.
Negotiations will start this week, as not all EU countries see it the same way and there are no clear conditions on how to apply the European certificate. Also, not everyone thinks the same about the restrictions that should be applied to those who are and are not vaccinated.
France was the first EU member state to issue a certificate, following the recommendations of the European Commission. The French government has updated the TousAntiCovid tracking application to include test results and vaccination certificates, especially since the certificate it can also be obtained from people who have been partially vaccinated.
Spain will implement the digital certificate in June and conduct a pilot test in May. "This system will provide certainty, a key element in regaining confidence in travel," Spanish Secretary of State Fernando Valdés said on Twitter. The Spanish project must also take into account the autonomous communities.
For its part, the UK is considering testing a Covid certificate, but focusing on massive events indoors, such as football matches and shows. The government said in early April that the certificate would begin testing in mid-April and be developed in the coming months.
The US does not support the creation of a globally accepted travel certificate.
Like the European certificate, the British certificate will include test results, vaccination certificates or even a certificate proving that the person has been immunized. The application will not be used in public transport, shops or bars. However, this bill has been criticized for being "discriminatory".
In terms of international travel, the United Kingdom remains focused on traffic light system with which it will classify the tourist destinations starting with May 17th. The European Union is also focusing on developing its own certificate for member countries, which no longer includes the United Kingdom and adds an additional difficulty to the British relationship with their favorite destinations in the EU.
In the US, the White House has already decided in April that there will be no federal vaccination database and no federal mandate to require everyone to obtain a single vaccination card. Thus, the US ruled out the creation of a federal vaccination passport or asking Americans immunized against Covid-19 to gain specific accreditation, an idea that has generated divisions in the country.
However, Washington spokeswoman Jen Psaki left a door open for the private sector to develop its own models of vaccination passports, as several companies in the country are already doing, but insisted that the government does not will involve and will not support any such certificate.