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Digital COVID Certificate to be implemented across Europe from July 1st

DUBLIN: There will be no travel restrictions across Europe from July 1st, as all EU countries agreed to implement the Digital COVID Certificate.

The Presidents of the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, and the European Commission have signed legislation allowing the use of the EU Digital COVID Certificate for travel across Europe.

The certificate will include proof of vaccination, negative test results, or recovery from the virus. It will be available in digital or paper format and will be free of charge across the EU. Travellers will be issued a QR code by their respective national health authorities to scan for verification during travel.

People with a certificate will be able to travel freely across the EU. Those who have been vaccinated or have negative test results or have previously recovered from COVID-19 can travel within the EU without quarantine restrictions.

The EU member states will have six weeks from July 1 to completely execute the process for free travel with the certificate. 

Presidents David Sassoli and Ursula von der Leyen and Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa said in a joint statement that the EU Digital COVID Certificate is a symbol of European unity.

“A Europe that unites and grows when faced with challenges. Our Union showed again that we work best when we work together. We can be proud of this great achievement. The Europe that we all know and that we all want back is a Europe without barriers.

“The EU Certificate will again enable citizens to enjoy this most tangible and cherished of EU rights — the right to free movement. Signed into law today, it will enable us to travel more safely this summer. Today we reaffirm together that an open Europe prevails,” the statement added.

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