The electronic Green Passport by means of QR code has been in operation since today, Thursday. The Ministry of Health told APA in response to a query. However, for the time being, the certificates with EU-compliant QR codes can only be created and retrieved digitally for those who have recovered and been tested; for those who have been vaccinated, this will only be the case in a next step. It is not yet clear exactly when this will be possible, but it should be by July 1 at the latest with the EU regulation.
For tested persons, the test result will be shown on the certificate with the terms “proven” or “not proven”. This means that infection with the coronavirus is present in the first case and was not detectable in the second. With these terms (not detected), Austria follows the corresponding EU guideline. The recovery certificates contain the date of the first positive test as well as the date from which the certificate is valid or the six months thereafter until the end of validity.
Within Austria, the certificates continue to count as entry tests for gastronomy, culture, etc., as they did in previous weeks. In addition to the new certificates, the previously used proofs in analog or printed form also remain valid.
The Ministry of Health confirms that the vaccination certificates in the EU standard will be added “in a next step”. A concrete date is still not mentioned, but it should be at the latest with the EU-wide introduction of the green passport so far. However, digital proof of vaccination can already be obtained from the e-vaccination passport using a cell phone signature or citizen card.
From the beginning of July, the certificates will also be readable throughout Europe, making travel easier. For people who cannot download the EU-standard certificates themselves by July using a cell phone signature or citizen card at gesundheit.gv.at, there are alternative options. Test certificates can be printed out directly at the test centers, recovery certificates in the future at some municipalities, cities, district administrative authorities and ELGA ombudsman offices.
— source: APA/picture: pixabay.com
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