Covid-19: MEPs and member states reach agreement on a European health pass for travel this summer

Much awaited by the countries most dependent on tourism, it should come into force from July 1.

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The horizon is clearing for travel within the European Union this summer despite the Covid-19 pandemic: MEPs and member states reached an agreement on Thursday 20 May on the European health pass, which should enter into force from July 1. Much awaited by the countries most dependent on tourism, and initially suggested by Greece, this certificate is intended to provide a harmonized framework to facilitate travel within the Union this summer.

“We achieved this new instrument in record time to safeguard free movement for all citizens”, welcomed the European Commissioner Didier Reynders, in charge of the file. Commission President Ursula von der Leyen stressed that this “European Covid digital certificate” would be “a key element on the way to resuming safe and easy travel across the EU”.

Representatives of the European Parliament and the Twenty-Seven reached a compromise at the end of a fourth session of negotiations, conducted at an accelerated pace, under the pressure of the timetable.

This document will contain a QR code indicating that its holder has been vaccinated, has passed a negative rapid PCR or antigen test or is immune after being infected with Covid-19. It may be available on smartphone but also in paper version.

Member States will have the obligation to accept vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson) but will be free to accept others, such as Russian Sputnik or Chinese Sinopharm vaccines. , used in Hungary.

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