The EU has released its plan for the implementation of ‘Digital Green Certificate’ travel pass, facilitating travel around Europe. Released on Wednesday, the new scheme is the EU’s tool by which it hopes to allow vaccinated individuals to travel again. This means travellers can also skip pandemic-related travel restrictions, including testing and self-isolation. The certificate will contain three key elements: vaccination certificates stating the brand of vaccine used, test certificates and medical certificates for people who had and recovered from COVID-19 in the last 180 days.
The plan also explains that those who are not vaccinated must be ‘able to continue to exercise their fundamental right of free movement, where necessary subject to limitations such as mandatory testing and quarantine/self-isolation.’ Any personal data required by the plan is also only allowed to the relevant authorities, ensuring data protection.