Last reviewed 12 July 2021

The EU Digital Covid Certificate Regulation entered into application at the beginning of this month and all but one of the 27 Member States have begun issuing the certificates.

The European Commission has stressed that all Europeans have the right to free movement without the certificate, but using it will facilitate travel, helping to exempt holders from restrictions such as quarantine.

Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said: “In March, we promised to have an EU-wide system to facilitate free and safe travel within the EU by the summer holidays. Now we can confirm that the EU Digital Covid Certificate system is up and running.”

More than 200 million certificates have already been generated, she highlighted.

The Certificate, which will be accessible to all EU citizens, is free of charge and available in all EU languages. It covers Covid-19 vaccination, test and recovery and is available in a digital and paper-based format.

All 30 EU and European Economic Area (EEA) countries are linked live to the online gateway which allows the verification of security features contained in the certificate’s QR codes.

Under the terms of Regulation (EU) 2021/953, Member States must refrain from imposing additional travel restrictions on holders of an EU Digital Covid Certificate, unless they are necessary and proportionate to safeguard public health.

The full text of the regulation is available from the Official Journal of the EU.