EU issues over 1.7 billion Digital COVID-19 certificates to residents, says Commissioner

Since the start of June 2021, the European Union Member States have issued around 1.7 billion EU Digital COVID-19 Certificates to their residents.

The issuing of the certificates first started at the beginning of June 2021.

On March 15, Tuesday, the achievement was declared by the EU Commissioner for Justice named Didier Reynders. He announced the adoption of the EU Digital COVID Certificate’s impact and implementation all over the European Union.

Along with this, the Commissioner has made the announcement, “More than 1.7 billion certificates have been issued to date. The EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate has proven to be a reliable and easy-to-use tool, allowing citizens to travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Moreover, he also called all of the Member States, which are still following the stringent entry rules and regulations in the region, to lift them as well as to facilitate the freedom of movement between the Member States.

He mentioned, “As the situation evolves, the Commission is working to ensure a swift return to unrestricted free movement. We urge the Member States to lift the last remaining travel restrictions – particularly where domestic measures are also being lifted.”

According to the reports, on March 11, the Council of the EU revealed that the European Union’s Digital COVID Certificate use had been extended for another year until the end of June 2023.

However, at a similar time, several changes have been given the permission to be implemented to the certificate, allowing authorities to adjust the usage of the document to the evolving Coronavirus situation in the bloc and worldwide.

The changes are:-

  • All of the doses of the vaccination can be included in the certificate.
  • The travellers are now able to get the certificates of recovery if they hold an antigen test with the positive COVID-19 results.
  • It is mandated for the Commission to submit a detailed report on the certificate by February 1, 2023.

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