TORONTO — Reports indicate that the EU’s Digital COVID Certificate could be available to non-EU international travellers.
An EU Commission spokesperson told CNN: “Right now, if you’re an American not living in the EU, you could get the certificate if you ask the national authorities of a member state to give you that certificate based on some proof that you’ve been vaccinated, or had a recent COVID test.”
The spokesperson also told CNN that the EU was in talks with the U.S. on an equivalent certificate to ensure safe travel between the U.S. and the EU.
The EU had already signalled that it was open to the possibility of welcoming fully vaccinated travellers from other countries.
Earlier this week the Department of Homeland Security was clarifying a statement made by U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. On May 28, in an interview with Good Morning America, Mayorkas said the Biden administration was taking “a very close look” at the possibility of vaccine passports for travel into and out of the United States.
By May 31 the DHS was saying there won’t be any federal vaccination database nor any mandate that requires people to get a single vaccination credential. It also said there are no plans for anything like a U.S. passport.
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination, testing or recovery will be on the agenda for the G7 Summit in the UK this month, June 11 – 13.
Canada’s Health Minister Patty Hajdu and Transport Minister Omar Alghabra have already signalled Canada’s intention to collaborate with G7 counterparts on vaccine passports for international travel.
The EU’s Digital Green Pass, also known as the EU Digital COVID Certificate, has its official launch July 1, however seven EU countries including Greece, Germany, Denmark, Bulgaria, Czechia, Poland and Croatia have already rolled out the new pass.
The EU Digital COVID Certificate carries proof that the bearer has been vaccinated against COVID-19, has tested negative or has already recovered from COVID-19. The certificate is available either digitally or in paper format and has a QR code. More information is available here.