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EU Green Certificate at the start

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The Regulation (EU) 2021/953 of June 14, 2021 containing the discipline of the new Green Certificate has been published in today’s Official Journal.

The EU Digital COVID Certificate will facilitate safe free movement of citizens in the EU and it will become available in all EU Member States as of 1 July 2021.

 An EU Digital COVID Certificate is a free of charge digital proof that a person has either:

  • been vaccinated against COVID-19
  • received a negative test result or
  • recovered from COVID-19

National authorities are in charge of issuing the certificate.

The digital version can be stored on a mobile device.

Citizens can also request a paper version.

Both will have a QR code that contains essential information, as well as a digital signature to make sure the certificate is authentic.

Member States have agreed on a common design that can be used for the electronic and paper versions to facilitate the recognition.

The EU Digital COVID Certificate should facilitate free movement inside the EU.

It will not be a pre-condition to free movement, which is a fundamental right in the EU.