17 EU countries have passed a test for the new EU corona travel card. Portugal, Malta, Poland, Ireland, Romania and Latvia will follow in the coming days, says the European Commission.
The ICT system with which EU countries can exchange information on the so-called EU Digital Covid certificate should already be operational in the first week of June, say EU officials. All member states can be connected by the end of June. “Everything is on track; everything is going well.”
The EU legislation on which the certificate is based will enter into force on 1 July. Countries could start issuing certificates earlier, which are issued in the form of a QR code on paper or digitally. But that is only possible with your own legislation.
They officially have six weeks to do so after 1 July. But “the pressure on such countries will mount,” say EU sources. And popular holiday countries have been making efforts for months to clear all obstacles to the long-awaited return of the tourist.
“All member states must prepare themselves completely by June,” said responsible European Commissioner Didier Reynders. “So that they are up and running right away.” The European Commission provides technical and financial assistance.