World EU Adopts Travel Certificate to Avoid COVID Tests, Quarantine When Traveling in 27 Nations
Germany fights trade in fake Covid certificates
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European Union lawmakers adopted a new travel certificate that will allow people to avoid COVID-19 tests and quarantining when traveling around Europe.
The passes, which will be issued by individual countries, not from the centralizedsystem, are aimed at saving travel and tourism industries across Europe.
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Currently, each nation has its own COVID-19 safety rules and standards, which has made travel confusing.
"EU states are encouraged to refrain from imposing further restrictions, unless strictly necessary and proportionate," Spanish Socialist lawmaker Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar, who chaperoned the votes through parliament, told the Associated Press.
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Key travel destinations like Greece have led the drive to have the certificate, which will have both paper and digital forms, rapidly introduced.
Several EU countries have already begun using the system, including Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece and Poland.
The new regulations governing the vaccine certificates were adopted in two votes at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Rules for EU citizens were passed 546 to 93, with 51 abstentions. Those for people from outside the bloc passed 553 to 91, with 46 abstentions.
EU Covid-19 'vaccine passports': How they work, and who is eligible
The EU Digital Covid Certificate -- known informally as a 'Covid vaccine passport' -- will be issued by July 1. Here's who's eligible, and how to get one.Already, nine countries are using the scheme to issue certificates, with more expected to join before the scheme officially launches on July 1. The EU's Parliament voted overwhelmingly to approve the scheme on June 9.
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The vote must still be rubber-stamped by EU nations, but that's likely a formality.
It means that beginning July 1 for 12 months, all EU countries must recognize the vaccine certificate. They will be issued free and certify that a person has either been fully vaccinated against the virus, has recently tested negative or has recovered from the disease.
The rules will not be heavily enforced for 6 weeks to allow countries to prepare.
People coming from outside the EU, the overwhelming majority of whom should be vaccinated to enter, will be able to get a certificate if they can convince authorities in the EU country they enter that they qualify for one.
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