By July 1, the European Union plans to make the COVID-19 passport available to all EU citizens and residents, as well as for selected types of third-country travelers.
The EU Commission has finalized the procedures for the certificate’s rollout, and it is now up to the Member States to implement it over the next few weeks.
Seven EU Member States have gone live with the European Union’s technological method for verifying the security elements contained in the QR codes of all EU Digital COVID Certificates, a month ahead of the deadline for implementation.
Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Croatia, and Poland connected to the gateway on June 1 and began issuing the first EU COVID-19 travel certificates, while some countries have decided to activate the document only once all features have been deployed countrywide.
According to an EU Commission news release announcing the milestone, more countries will join the system in the next days and weeks, with 22 countries having successfully tested the gateway since May 10.