Vaccination certificates will be valid throughout the European Union (EU) from July 1. This was announced on Friday, May 21, by the Spanish Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, at the presentation of the digital green certificate at the international fair FITUR 2021. The broadcast of the event is published on Facebook of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.
Speaking, Sánchez also explained that starting June 7, tourists from all countries who have been vaccinated with products approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or the World Health Organization (WHO) will be able to come to Spain.
“This avoids the need for complex checks on arrival, such as those travelers had to endure during these months of the pandemic. The certificate is a very simple document and is implemented with a QR code,” the Spanish Prime Minister told the press.
He added that the certificate will be universal and free.
In turn, the European Commissioner for Legal Affairs, Didier Reynders, speaking at a briefing in Brussels on May 21, said that since July 1, three types of certificate COVID-19 will be available in the EU: of vaccination, of convalescence and of testing. He specified that they will be both electronic and printed. Reynders also confirmed that it will be possible to obtain the certificate for free.
According to the Commissioner, the European Commission will allocate €100 million to make COVID-19 tests affordable for EU coronavirus certificates.
The day before, on May 20, the Council of the European Union approved the recommendations of the European Commission (EC) to allow tourists who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 with drugs approved by the EMA or WHO to enter the territory of member states.
It is known that citizens who have been vaccinated with AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, as well as Chinese Sinopharm, can obtain permission to visit EU countries. Russian drugs Sputnik V, EpiVacCorona, and CoviVac are not yet on this list.