Greece is the first E.U. country to present the EU Digital COVID Certificate, the document that will facilitate travel across the block.
Citizens will be able to download or print their certificate, free of charge, through the gov.gr. portal. They will need to use their tax identification number or social security number to be able to access the platform.
Where will the European Digital COVID Certificate be valid?
The European Digital Certificate COVID will be valid in all EU Member States, as well as in Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein.
What does it certify?
The European Digital Certificate COVID is the digital proof that a person has either:
- been vaccinated against COVID-19 with any vaccine approved by the EU or
- received a negative test result or
- recovered from COVID-19.
How can we issue it?
The European Digital Certificate COVID is issued free of charge in digital form and can be printed.
It has a QR code with a digital signature. It is written in the national language and in English, so that it is valid in all EU countries.
The national authorities of each country are responsible for issuing the certificate. In Greece, the European Digital Certificate COVID will, initially, be issued through gov.gr. Soon, citizens will be able to get it from the Citizens’ Service Centers (KEP).
How will its authenticity be verified?
The European Commission has set up a portal through which all signatures on certificates can be verified throughout the EU. The personal data of the holder will not be accessible to the portal, as this is not necessary for the verification of the digital signature.
When can we use it?
The European Digital Certificate COVID will start being used in EU on July 1, 2021. In the meantime, Greece will apply the certificate in cooperation with the European countries that are also ready.
Does it mean that without it I can not travel?
The purpose of the European Digital Certificate COVID is to facilitate free movement within the EU. It will not be a prerequisite for free movement, a fundamental right of the EU.
As the Greek government says it will work as “a fast lane to make travel much easier, especially during the summer”.
The European Digital Certificate COVID can also demonstrate test results, which is often required by current public health restrictions.
What personal data will it include?
For the protection of personal data, the European Digital Certificate COVID will contain only the necessary basic information, that is name, date of birth, date of issue, information about the vaccine / test result / recovery and a unique identification code.