Digital COVID certificate for travel: All you need to know

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New Delhi : In good news for international travellers, the European Union nations have started rolling out digital COVID certificate system that will ease traveling among them. The news is exciting as it may become a standard for post pandemic travel across the world.

According to schengenvisainfo, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Croatia and Poland made the certificates available to their citizens as of Tuesday and are accepting them for visitors. The European Commission, the bloc’s administrative branch, said the system would be in use for all 27 E.U. countries as of July 1.

According to a news report, the digital COVID certificate records if the person is fully vaccinated, recovered from coronavirus and has tested negative within the last 72 hours. Travelers are free to move if any of the three criteria are fulfilled.

Challenges before digital COVID certificate

While it is one of the great ideas that will ease traveling among the nations, the whole idea requires a lot of co-ordination among the nations and security protection of the data. Because of concerns about privacy, the system’s data is not retained anywhere, the commission said.

The long-term goal of the policy is to provide the certificate to the people of European Union and provide the same to the travellers coming from different place. Providing the certificate to outsiders can be tricky as many nations are not providing a secure vaccination documents.

According to a media report, the European Commission is in talks with the United States about how to verify the vaccination status of American visitors.