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200 million Europeans already have the EU Covid-19 travel certificate

The EU vaccination passport officially went live today. In Finland it is available since 22 June through the My Kanta pages
01 July 2021, Spain, Madrid: A woman shows her European Union coronavirus digital vaccination certificate on the day of its launch at Adolfo Suarez airport in Barajas. Photo: Eduardo Parra/EUROPA PRESS/dpa
A woman shows her Ecoronavirus digital vaccination certificate on the day of its launch at Adolfo Suarez airport in Madrid. Photo: Eduardo Parra/dpa.

The European Union's digital Covid-19 travel certificate officially went live on Thursday, with more than 200 million documents already generated following a soft launch last month, according to the bloc's executive branch.

Twenty-one EU countries had already started handing out the certificates in June, with five more joining their ranks on 1 July, a press release from the European Commission said.

In Finland, the EU travel certificate, also known as 'green certificate' or 'vaccination passport' is available since 22 June through the My Kanta pages. Finnish residents can get a certificate after receiving the first vaccine dose.

Non-EU members Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein are already handing them out too.

Only Ireland is yet to hand out any documents, according to information shared by the commission.

The document, available digitally or on paper, allows EU residents to show whether they have been vaccinated, tested negative, or recently recovered from an infection with the coronavirus.

Restore free movement

It is deemed a vital lifeline for European tourism, and a central pillar of the plan to restore free movement in the EU more fully.

The member states still have the final say in whether to impose entry requirements like additional testing or quarantine on travelers within the bloc, but in principle certificate holders should not be subject to such restrictions.

While the 27 EU states have significantly opened up to one another in recent weeks, Germany has come under fire for advising travelers to avoid popular holiday destination Portugal due to the prevalence of the Delta virus variant there.

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