It is expected to be operational by the end of June and includes subsidies for cheaper PCR testing.
The European Parliament has approved the creation of the European Covid Digital Certificate aimed at facilitating travel within the European Union (EU) from the end of June. With a paper version, its use will be promoted through a mobile application. Each traveller will be able to certify in this way whether he or she has already been vaccinated, has overcome the disease or has a negative test for travel.
The agreement means that no quarantine or other restrictive measures can be applied in EU member states to those who can prove through the certificate that they have received full doses of a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Vaccines on the World Health Organisation list are also accepted.
Governments reserve the possibility to reintroduce restrictive measures if necessary. The European Council also agreed to allow non-core travel to the EU from third countries if passengers have already been vaccinated.
The Spanish government announced that from 7 June all vaccinated travellers will be able to enter the country.
Subsidies for PCR tests
The Spanish government announced that from 7 June all vaccinated foreign travellers will be able to enter the country. The agreement also provides for the European Commission to finance PCR tests with a line of 100 million euros. The aim is to reduce the cost, although free testing is ruled out.