WTTC welcomes introduction of COVID-19 vaccination passport by 7 EU countries
The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has welcomed the introduction of the COVID-19 passport by European member states.
Virginia Messina, Senior Vice President, recognizes the importance of COVID passport approval by all member states, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
“The WTTC is delighted to hear that Greece, Germany, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Denmark, Croatia and Poland have launched the new digital COVID certificate well ahead of the program’s planned rollout on July 1 in the block of 27 countries. said Messina.
According to President Messina, the new document will allow citizens of third countries to travel to EU countries with proof of vaccination, a negative test or a positive antibody test. This initiative will boost international travel, which will happen if member states follow suit on July 1.
“The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global travel and tourism sector has been devastating, not only in terms of millions of jobs lost, but also in terms of the sector’s contribution to GDP. Unless international travel is restored soon, this will have an additional economic impact and delay the global recovery ”, said Messina.
She also noted that the pandemic was having a truly negative impact on people whose lives depend on the tourism sector.
From June 1, Poland, Germany, Greece, Croatia, Bulgaria, Denmark and the Czech Republic began issuing the first European COVID-19 passports, one month ahead of the deadline, with the aim of facilitate travel across Europe. Meanwhile, the remaining countries will launch the digital passport once all functions are rolled out nationwide. As of May 10, 22 countries have successfully tested the certification gateway.
The May 20 political agreement will be in effect until July 1, when the COVID-19 passport issuance regulations will begin to apply.
The initial proposal to establish a digital green certificate was approved in mid-March. The document aims to allow citizens of EU member states to move freely within the bloc and restore travel for vaccinated tourists from third countries.
Anyone who has been vaccinated against COVID-19, recovered from the virus, or tested negative for the coronavirus are eligible to apply for a COVID-19 passport. The document will include a QR code and will be issued in digital and printed format.
A typical COVID-19 passport will contain all information about the holder, such as first and last name, date of birth, state of issue, QR code, and detailed information if the traveler is vaccinated (product and manufacturer of the vaccine, number of doses and date of vaccination).
For tested travelers, the passport will show the type of test, date and time of the test, the test center and the result, while for travelers who have recovered from the virus, the document will show the date of the test result. positive test, the issuer of the certificate, the date of issue and the date of validity of the document.