Vaccination passport: how will it work?

At the end of March, the EU presented a digital green certificate (vaccination passport), which should help open borders and restore international tourism.

Some European countries, especially those that live in tourism (Cyprus, Greece, Portugal, Spain), are very counting on this document to save the summer season of 2021.

What will the EU green passport look like? Where will it be issued? Will Ukrainians be able to get this document and get through it to Europe? The answers to these and other questions have been collected in the article.

Green Passport: What You Need to Know?

“Green Certificate or Passport” is a document that shows that its owner has been vaccinated against COVID-19, has a negative test for coronavirus, or has already been ill. Designed for presentation at border control between EU countries and automatically exempts the owner from quarantine and coronavirus testing.

What does a green passport look like?

The document can be in paper or electronic form. Both options are with a QR code, into which a digital confirmation of the authenticity of the passport is sewn. The certificate indicates the basic data of the person: name, date of birth, country of origin, date of vaccination or recovery, type of vaccine and immune status.

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Who Issues the Green Passport?

The EU Green Passport in electronic or paper form is issued by the medical institution upon discharge from the hospital, after testing or vaccination.

How much does a green certificate cost?

According to the project published by the European Commission on March 17, 2021, the “green certificate” will be issued free of charge.

Green Passport: Which Vaccine Is Right?

Only documents with vaccines recognized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will be mandatory for recognition by all EU members. Currently, only four vaccines are officially approved in the EU: Pfizer / BioNtech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson.

At the same time, EU countries such as Hungary and Slovakia began to vaccinate their citizens with Russian and Chinese vaccines, which are currently not approved in the EU. Whether or not vaccination certificates are recognized with these or other vaccines is up to each member of the European Union to decide for itself.

When will it all work?

Brussels needs time to complete all the technical preparations for the implementation of green passports. European Commissioner Thierry Breton, responsible for vaccination, said that vaccination passports are planned to be launched on June 15, 2021.

Some European countries are not ready to wait so long and agree on the introduction and recognition among themselves of their own vaccination certificates. For example, Romania and Greece are negotiating the opening of tourism between the two countries. Also, Greece has already agreed with Israel (the world leader in vaccination) on the travel of vaccinated citizens. From May 14, Greece will open to Ukrainians. To enter, you need to pass a coronavirus test or provide a certificate of vaccination.

Without a “green passport” you can still get into only one EU country – Cyprus. The island was opened for Ukrainian tourists from April 1. You can enter it with a negative PCR test. Read more about the conditions here. On May 14, Greece will open for Ukrainians. To enter, you will need to pass a coronavirus test or provide a certificate of vaccination.

Will Ukrainians be able to travel to the EU with “green certificates”?

As for the “green certificates”, not only EU citizens will be able to obtain them. The draft states that the document can be issued to family members of EU citizens, regardless of their citizenship. Also, the project deals with third-country nationals living in the EU.

Will Ukrainians be able to travel to the EU? The European Commission is considering the option of recognizing “vaccination passports” that are issued in third countries, but there is no final decision yet. “We are ready to recognize certificates issued by third countries, provided that they reflect the same level of information and reliability as our own. And I think that this is quite feasible, since many countries around us are using vaccines approved by the EMA, ”commented Vice President of the European Commission Margaritis Shinas.

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