The European Digital Certificate will be valid for nine months, as announced by the Commission.
In more detail, the Commission approved rules about EU digital COVID certificate, setting a binding period acceptance for 9 months (exactly 270 days) of vaccination certificates for the purposes of travel within the EU. A clear and uniform acceptance period for vaccination certificates will guarantee that travel measures will continue to be coordinated, as requested by the European Council after its last meeting on 16 December 2021.
The new rules will ensure that restrictions are based on the best available scientific data as well as objective criteria. Ongoing coordination is essential for the functioning of the single market and will provide clarity to EU citizens in exercising their right to free movement.
The EU digital COVID certificate is an EU success story. The Certificate continues to facilitate the safe movement of citizens throughout the European Union during these times of pandemic. So far, they have been issued in the EU 807 million certificates. The EU digital COVID certificate has set a global standard: so far 60 countries and territories on five continents have been integrated into the system.
THE Stella Kyriakidou, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, stated that “a harmonized period of validity for the EU digital COVID certificate is a necessity for safe free movement and coordination at EU level. The strength and success of this invaluable tool for citizens and businesses lies in its consistent use across the EU.
The new rules for the period of acceptance of vaccination certificates apply to the purposes of the trip. When introducing different rules for the use of certificates at national level, Member States are encouraged to bring them into line with these new rules to provide assurance to travelers.
In addition, today the Commission adapted also them rules for the codification of vaccination certificates. This is necessary to ensure that vaccination certificates, which indicate the completion of the initial series, can always be distinguished from vaccination certificates issued after a booster dose.
The boosting doses will be recorded as follows:
3/3 for booster dose after an initial 2-dose vaccination series.
2/1 for booster dose after single dose vaccination or a 2 dose vaccine dose given to a person who has recovered.
THE Didier Render, The Commissioner for Justice stated: “The EU digital COVID is a success story. We need to keep it that way and adapt to changing conditions and new knowledge. Unilateral measures in the Member States will bring us back to the fragmentation and uncertainty we saw last spring. The nine-month acceptance period for vaccination certificates will give citizens and businesses the confidence they need when planning their trips with confidence. It is now up to the Member States to ensure that the amplifiers move quickly to protect our health and ensure safe travel. “
Finally, Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton emphasized that “the EU digital certification for COVID has become a global standard. Reflecting the most recent scientific knowledge on aid installments, the certificate remains essential tool to fight the different waves of the pandemic “.
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