EU Commission extends green passport until mid-2023

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The EU Commission is extending the Green Passport by one year until June 30, 2023.

The pandemic is far from over: the use of the digital EU Covid certificates, also known as “green passports,” is to be extended by one year, according to the EU Commission. As the Brussels-based authority proposed on Thursday, the legal basis for the proof of fresh Corona tests, vaccinations or recoveries should be valid until June 30, 2023. EU countries would still have to agree to the proposal.

EU Commission extends green passport until mid-2023
The digital certificates are intended to make travel in the EU, which is sometimes complicated by Corona, easier. They can be stored on a smartphone. Through a QR code, it is thus possible to prove throughout Europe and beyond whether one has been vaccinated against Corona, has recently recovered from an infection, or has been freshly tested for the virus. The rules have been in effect since June 30, 2021, when they would expire on June 30 of this year. The extension is necessary because of the pandemic situation, the EU Commission said.

EU commissions propose changes to green passport
In addition, the EU Commission is also proposing changes. In the future, it should be ensured that proof of booster vaccinations can be presented and certificates can be issued for people participating in clinical trials for vaccines, it said. It was only this week that the validity rules for the green passport were standardized across Europe.

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