Special authorization: when COVID certificates will start working in the EU

Members of the European Union can use digital COVID certificates before their official entry into force: as explained in the European Council, this depends on the technical readiness of countries and does not contradict pan-European procedures.

Digital COVID certificates of the EU (also known in the media as COVID passports and certificates of vaccination) will work throughout the EU from July 1, 2021. However, a number of countries have decided to test the system now.

As told in the European Council, countries have the full right to put COVID certificates into effect. States that are ready to do so can start implementing the program.

– This system is a good option for European citizens, as it greatly facilitates the movement of people and goods within the European Union.

A COVID certificate is a document that indicates that its holder has either been vaccinated against coronavirus, has a negative PCR test or has already been diagnosed with the disease.

The documents and statements from Brussels do not specify whether vaccines that are not part of its portfolio of approved drugs are quoted in the EU. There are currently four of them in the EU: BioNTech-Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson.

In response to the question whether the EU will accept certificates of vaccination with drugs that are not included in the European portfolio, the Council of Europe noted that the system of certificates does not apply to third countries.

The Council agreed to recommend that member states begin to gradually open up to non-essential travel from third countries