UK ‘on verge of joining EU Covid passport scheme’

It is believed that the UK is poised to join EU Covid vaccine passport scheme.
The EU Digital Covid Certificate will make it easier and more affordable for British tourists to travel in Europe.

The Daily Telegraph reported on Saturday that it was informed by the EU about the progress of integration of the UK's vaccine database into its EU system.

A spokesperson for the European Commission said that significant progress was made in technical matters, such as the connection to the gateway. The goal is to go live [testing] soon.

The UK Foreign Office and Department of Health and Social Care are jointly responsible for the project. On July 28, they applied for membership in the EU scheme. Since then, technical work has continued behind closed doors.

A spokesperson for the Foreign Office told the newspaper that they have applied to join the EU's Digital Covid Certificate scheme.

To make our journeys more efficient, we can link up with the EU's Digital Covid Certificate Scheme.

The EU Digital Covid Certificate quickly became the most popular vaccine passport scheme in the globe and now covers over 40 countries. This includes all 27 EU member states as well as Israel and Panama.

This system acts as a digital gateway that allows different countries to scan and verify their vaccine certificates and test results quickly and easily.

It can be used at all EU borders as well as for domestic vaccination passports programs in countries such France, Holland, and Portugal.

Border guards can download an app that reads the QR code on a person's vaccine certificate or negative test results. The app will flash green if the QR code is valid and issued by a country that is participating in the program. Unauthorized or forged jabs can be quickly seized.

The EU scheme will make it easier to travel within and between continental Europe. For example, double jabbed Britons who travel to Portugal must purchase a lateral flow test prior to departure. This is because their jabs will not be recognised by the EU Digital Covid Certificate.

Portugal and other countries will see this change once the UK joins the federalized EU system.

Karen Dee, chief executive of the Airport Operators Association, stated that the digital passport would make it easier for business and leisure travelers. However, she urged the government not to use day two for fully-jabbed arrivals in order to align the UK's testing system with Europe.

The benefits of joining include easier access to bars, restaurants, and other events in countries with Covid passports such as France and Italy, Portugal, Germany, Germany, and Holland.