May 19, 2022

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COVID-19 – What is the difference between a health pass and a European digital certificate?

This Wednesday, MEPs voted to accept the Govt Digital Certification or European Health Pass. This will allow for a one-year trip within EU countries.

This Wednesday, in the full session, the MEPs approved the Govt digital certificate with 546 votes, 93 against and 51 votes.

After the implementation of health passes in many European countries, this European certification will come into effect from 1 July and will enable travel within the EU until July 2022.

But what is the difference between the two certificates? The Independent informs you.

What will it be used for?

EU digital certification is only useful when traveling between EU countries. The French health pass has a wide application, especially for mass demonstrations of more than 1,000 people.

Who is the issuer of the certificate?

EU member states issue this certificate free of charge.

How does he present himself?

The European certificate is available in digital or paper form and contains the QR code. It will certify whether its holder has been vaccinated against the corona virus, the result of a recent negative screening test, or whether he has recovered from the infection.

There is nothing in the health pass yet, but in practice, “this will be three separate documents,” the European Parliament announced in a press release on Wednesday. One for each case: vaccine, negative test or proof of illness.

It should be noted that a common European framework would help “make certificates workable and allow them to be recognized throughout the EU, and to prevent fraud and deception”.

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Which date?

After a trial period in many countries and regions (including Catalonia), the system will come into effect on July 1, 2021 and will be in effect for 12 months.

More than isolation?

European digital certification is a guarantee that member states will not impose additional travel restrictions on certified holders such as isolation, self-isolation or drug testing “unless they are necessary and in proportion to protect public health”. If the epidemic situation is expected to worsen sharply, member states should be given 48 warnings before action is taken, and citizens within 24 hours.

Funding to fund affordable trials

Europe also announced that the European Commission has raised 100 million euros to access affordable tests across the Union. European certification is of concern not only to vaccinators but also to those who give a test. They should be tested at a reasonable price.