Will travel be possible this summer with the EU's Digital Green Certificate?

Published: 05.04.2021 Related countries:  Czech Republic Czech Republic

Possible solution for unessential travel to Europe this summer

The EU Commission has just proposed what it calls a Digital Green Certificate to open up travel in the continent before summer. The idea is to facilitate safe free travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the information expected to be found on the proposed Digital Green Certificate include whether travellers have been vaccinated, whether they have COVID immunity already or whether they've had a recent PCR test amongst. The proposition comes at a time when the EU vaccination scheme is being heavily criticized for slow roll-outs, export controls and supply problems. EU opens a proposal to recognize the certificates issued by third countries provided that they reflect the same level of information and trustworthiness as their own. This is perfectly doable because many of the countries use EMA approved vaccines. Once EU moves into this recognition of certificates issued by third countries, inevitably they would have to revisit also the question of it’s guidance for non-essential travel from third countries.

Source: EuroNews, CzechTrade team Calgary