The European Commission has decided to recognize the EU’s COVID-19 Swiss digital vaccination passport as equivalent to those issued throughout the EU and European Economic Area countries, starting today 9 July.
In a press release from the European Commission, it was clarified that COVID-19 certificates issued by the Swiss government would be considered equivalent to the European digital COVID-19 vaccination passport, used to facilitate travel within EU member states, TheSchengen.com reports.
This decision makes Switzerland the first country outside the EU and EEA to be connected to the EUDCC portal.
Now, Swiss degree holders, including Swiss citizens, EU citizens and third-country nationals who are legal citizens of Switzerland, are entitled to travel within the EU, with the same rules applying to their COVID-19 digital passport.
In addition, Swiss authorities have agreed to accept the EU’s digital COVID-19 certificate, which offers EU citizens a free and safe travel experience to their country.
The Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders, welcomed both decisions.
As a result, certification will not only facilitate freedom of movement within the European Union, but also between the European Union and Switzerland. This will allow EU citizens and Swiss citizens to travel more safely and freely this summer.”
To complete this law, the commission had to adopt a separate resolution to enable Swiss citizens to obtain a passport for the COVID-19 vaccination. Usually, the Free Movement of Persons Agreement is the main law allowing free movement between EU citizens and Switzerland.
The document can be issued to those who have been fully vaccinated with vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency (Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Janssen), those who have recently recovered from the Corona virus and those who have a negative test result for the virus before travel.
People who have acquired the EU’s digital COVID-19 can travel across Europe without undergoing quarantine or testing requirements.
The first countries that began issuing the document were Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Croatia and Poland.
The digital COVID-19 European passport includes personal information about the holder such as name, surname, date of birth, issuing country and a unique QR code.
For vaccinated travelers, the certificate contains the name of the vaccine, the manufacturer, the number of doses received, and the date of vaccination.
The certificate issued to tested passengers includes the type of test (PCR or RAT), the date and time of the test, the name of the test center and the results.
For travelers who have recovered from the virus, the certificate indicates the date of the positive test result, the name of the certificate issuer, the date of issue, and the date of validity.