13 EU countries agreed on an outline of a program to ensure safe travel and stimulate tourism in the EU after an unsuccessful summer season. The Green Passport program for EU travel without Covid-19 is gaining momentum, the Greek portal kathimerini.com reports on Tuesday.
Austrian Tourism Minister Elisabeth Kostinger said that the member states had agreed on the details of the so-called green passport and will submit it for approval to the European Commission so that it can be introduced in June at the latest.
According to the Austrian news agency APA on Monday, Kostinger explained that the system consists of a certificate confirming that travelers "do not have Covid-19" in the form of proof of proper vaccination against the coronavirus, have recently recovered from an infection and received a medical certificate or have recently obtained a health certificate. negative test for virus.
According to these reports, this information will be stored in a QR code linked to the national system and not to the common system, which could raise doubts about data protection breaches.
In addition to Austria and Greece, the program also covers Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain.
On March 17, the European Commission presented the Digital Green Certificate project, which is also referred to as the "vaccine passport". It is intended to facilitate safe and free movement in the EU during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Digital Green Certificate will be available free of charge in digital or paper form. (PAP)