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How Europe’s COVID-19 digital passport works | Digital Trends Spanish


This Thursday, July 1, the COVID-19 digital certificate comes into operation in all member countries of the European Union, except Ireland.

This measure is intended to facilitate mobility and promote tourism in the summer season; in fact, some nations, like Spain, have already started using it.

At a press conference, Justice Commissioner Didier Reynerds pointed out that all member states are technically ready for the certificate to come into force, and explained that this does not count for Irish territory due to the cyberattack they suffered in May.

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How does it work?

The certificate is a free document and is issued by the national authorities. Thus, the holder can demonstrate that he has been vaccinated against COVID-19 and had a negative result in the coronavirus test, either PCR or antigens; or you have recovered from the disease in the past six months.

In this way, all EU citizens, as well as non-EU citizens who reside or are legally in member states (with the right to travel to other states), can download it or print a paper copy.

In accordance with an article from the BBC, the certificate will work by means of a QR code with a unique digital signature key for the place where the information about the vaccine that was given to the person is stored: a hospital, for example.

Thus, user data remains on the certificate and is not stored or retained when verified at the airport.

The authorities in charge also insist on clarifying that this certificate is not a travel document, since people must continue to carry a passport or another form of identification to move between countries.

However, initially, those who carry the certificate should be exempted from testing or quarantine when crossing an international border.

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