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What is the digital covid certificate?

2021-09-11 17:07:20

Dr. Fariba Azadikhah
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Dr. Fariba Azadikhah
  1. What to know about digital covid certificate?
  2. Will citizens who haven’t got vaccinated yet be able to travel to other countries?
  3. What are the features of the digital green certificate?
  4. What information does the certification include?
  5. Can children get a digital covid certificate?
  6. When will the digital covid certificate be ready for use?


The digital covid certificate (formerly called Digital Green Certificate) will help to ensure that restrictions currently in place can be lifted in a coordinated manner. With your vaccination certificate, you can go to restaurants, cafes, hotels, cultural events, and even more.

When traveling, the digital covid Certificate holder should, in general, be excused from free movement restrictions: the member States should avoid enforcing additional travel restrictions on the holders of a digital covid certificate unless they are necessary and balanced to safeguard public health. 

The EU Digital COVID Certificate carries a QR code with a digital signature to shield it against falsification. When the certificate is checked, the QR code is scanned and the signature verified. Each issuing feature such as a hospital, a test center, or a health authority has its own digital signature key. All of these are stored in a secure database in each country.

Will citizens who haven’t got vaccinated yet be able to travel to other countries?

The Digital COVID Certificate should ease free movement inside the EU. It will not be a requirement to free movement, which is a primary right in the EU. All EU residents have an essential right to have free movement in the EU and this applies regardless of whether they are vaccinated or not, but there are some cases in which travelers are not allowed to travel, for instance, if a person has received positive covid test results he or she cannot enter another country, considering the danger.

What are the features of the digital green certificate?

A Digital COVID Certificate includes three different types of COVID-19 certificates regarding if a person has either:

Been vaccinated against covid-19

Received negative covid test results

Recovered from covid-19

It also contains:

  • Digital and/or paper format
  • with QR code
  • free of charge
  • in the national language and English
  • safe and secure

Citizens can also request a paper version. Both will have a QR code that contains essential information, as well as a digital signature to make sure the certificate is authentic.

What information does the certification include?

The digital covid certificate contains necessary key information such as name, date of birth, date of issuance, relevant information about vaccine, test, recovery and, a unique identifier. This data remains on the certificate and is not stored or retained when a certificate is verified in another Member State. During this process, no personal data is exchanged. All health data remains with the Member State that issued an EU digital covid Certificate.

In addition:

  • For a vaccination certificate: vaccine type and manufacturer, number of doses received, date of vaccination;
  • For a test certificate: type of test, date and time of test, place, and result;
  • For a recovery certificate: date of the positive test result, and the validity period.

The certificates will only include a limited set of information that is necessary. All health data remains with the Member State and it is totally safe and private.

Can children get a digital covid certificate?

Indeed, children can get an EU Digital COVID Certificate. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) gave the authorization to the use of the Biotech Pfizer vaccine for children of 12-15 years old. Children can also receive a test or recovery certificate. These certificates could also be received by their parents and it’s valid for children up to their 10th birthday, and for those children that are attending primary school, it can be stored in the parents’ smartphone app.

What will be the cost of the digital covid Certificates?

The EU Digital COVID Certificates will be free of charge, as they should be easily available and affordable to everyone

What tips to follow when registering for digital certificates?

When registering remember to enter your English name, last name, and your passport information accurately, also a passport number is required. If your name, surname, and do not match the passport; you may get stopped from entering the destination country. If you're willing to register and have received the vaccine, you can check the address below:

COVID Vaccination Record

When will the digital covid Certificate be ready for use?

The certificate will be introduced in the EU Member States. Countries can start releasing it and start using it as soon as possible. It will also become available in all EU Member States as of the first of July.

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