Greece unveils first EU Covid passport as ‘fast lane to travel’ Greece

The Greek government unveiled the first EU-coded passport described by the country’s prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, after a successful dry run of technology.

At a projection in Athens, Mitsotakis who called for the door to be opened Europe During the summer tourism season, the system will be operating in Greece and in Greece before the date set by Brussels for July 1.

“It’s especially important Greece As a tourism country but I think it is important for every single state because what we want to do is we want to restore freedom of movement, ”he said. “Essentially it includes all the information that member states should welcome passengers without further torture: proof of vaccination, proof of negative test PCR, or antigen or proof. [past] Sick. “

The technology was introduced after successful testing of the integrity of Greek passports with systems in Germany and Iceland.

Hospitals, testing centers and health authorities, among others, issue digital or paper certificates providing negative PCR test results, complete vaccination or proof of having the virus. The QR code on the certificate that can be stored on the mobile can be scanned by border guards.

The EU system will enter into agreements with other countries, such as the United States and the United Kingdom, while the British government has not yet provided details of its model. If the UK government fails to bring such a passport, fully vaccinated Britons wishing to travel will be issued an EU digital or paper certificate in their destination country to provide suitable documents from home.

Every EU citizen or third country citizen living legally or carrying a so-called “digital green certificate” must be exempt from the free movement restriction.

If an EU country continues to require those with a certificate for quarantine or testing, the European Commission and all 2 member states must be notified to justify this decision.

Former Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, who chairs the European Council, said: “The people’s free movement is a great European achievement, and why is it so important to demonstrate after the coup d’tat that you are able to guarantee it? Independent movement of citizens. “

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