Last reviewed 8 June 2021

The European Parliament and the EU Council, representing the 27 Member States, have reached agreement on a draft Regulation put forward by the European Commission to set the rules for a Digital Covid Certificate.

Available at eur-lex.europa.eu, the Regulation will now be published in the EU’s Official Journal and is expected to come into force almost immediately.

This means that the certificate (previously called the Digital Green Certificate) is well on track to be ready by the end of June, as planned, the Commission has confirmed.

President Ursula von der Leyen said: “We are delivering on our commitment to have the EU Digital COVID Certificate up and running before the summer. European citizens are looking forward to travelling again, and today's agreement means they will be able to do so safely very soon.”

The EU Digital Covid Certificate will be free of charge, secure and accessible to all, she went on. It will cover vaccination, test and recovery and will fully respect citizens' fundamental rights, including protection of personal data.

It will include a QR code to ensure security and authenticity of the certificate.

Member States remain responsible for deciding which public health restrictions can be waived for travellers but will have to apply such waivers in the same way to travellers holding a Certificate.

The Commission will build a gateway to ensure all Certificates can be verified across the EU and will support Member States in their technical implementation of the system.

Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders, said: “With the Digital Green Certificate, we are taking a European approach to ensure EU citizens and their family members can travel safely and with minimum restrictions this summer.”

The Certificate will not be a precondition to free movement, he emphasised, and it will not discriminate in any way.