Last monday the first passengers with the ‘European Covid Digital Certificate’, commonly known as ‘Covid passport’, they began to reach Spain. This certificate will allow to reactivate tourism within the European Union, this being one of the sectors most damaged by the coronavirus pandemic. But how can you apply?
The ‘Covid passport’ will be processed from free form in hospitals, testing centers or offices of national health authorities. It will also be possible to obtain it through different electronic health portals. Given that in Spain the competences in health matters are transferred to the autonomous communities, They will be in charge of distributing this certificate, in coordination with the Ministry of Health.
If the version obtained is the digital version, it can be stored on the mobile. There will be no problem for those who want it on paper. In both cases there will be a QR code It will contain the essential information such as name, date of birth, date of issue or pertinent information about the vaccine received.
However, each issuing body will have its own digital signature key and all the information will be stored in a secure database in each country.
How to obtain the ‘Covid Digital Certificate’
The autonomous communities will be in charge of progressively distributing the passport. Some, like Madrid’s community, They have not yet specified the exact date of the launch of the issuance of the certificate, although it anticipates that it will have it available at the end of this month of June, and in others, such as Extremadura or the
Valencian Community are already issuing certificates.
Andalusians will be the first to be able to enjoy the ‘covid passport’ to travel through it safely and easily, without having to quarantine. The president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, has ensured that “those over 65 will receive it at their homes, while the rest of the population will be able to request it online.”
As of July 1, 2021, will be available in all EU states, as well as in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. However, it is currently being broadcast within national borders and in some Member States, such as Germany, Greece, Croatia, Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.
Three certificates in one
The European Covid Digital Certificate contains, in turn, three certificates, which include different information. In this way we could differentiate between:
1. A first certificate that allows proving that the person has been immunized against Covid-19 with one of the sera authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). It is important to remember that validity of this certificate is 365 days after the vaccination date.
2. Another that contains information on recovery from illness. It includes if an individual has antibodies for having passed the Covid-19 or not.
3. Finally, one that includes information on whether the person has undergone to a diagnostic test for Covid-19, which can be PCR or an antigen test.
To obtain the European certificate, it will not be necessary to be vaccinated, as long as any of the above requirements are met.