The EU Digital COVID Certificate
The EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC) will facilitate the safe free movement of citizens within the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic. It offers digital proof that a person has either been vaccinated against COVID-19, has received a negative test result, or has recovered from COVID-19 and therefore has immunity to the virus.
The EUDCC will be detailed in a Member States’ national language and English. The certificates will be available in both digital and paper format and each is imprinted with a safe and secure QR code. This will offer authorities proof of a traveller’s COVID-19 status in order to facilitate travel within the EU. It’s valid in all European Union Member States and Schengen Area countries, plus it’s free of charge and will make it much easier for Europeans to travel to see families and friends or to take a holiday within Europe.
How does it work?
The EU Digital COVID Certificate is issued by national authorities. It could, for example, be issued by test centres or health authorities, or directly via an eHealth portal. The digital version can be stored on a mobile phone or tablet, while paper versions are also available on request. Both will feature a QR code which contains personalised essential information such as name, date of birth, date of issue, plus information about the holder’s completed vaccinations, a test result or proof of recovery from the virus.
Each certificate also has a digital seal to prove its authenticity. When the EUDCC is checked, the QR code is scanned and the digital signature verified.