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New Digital Green Certificate introduced for passengers vaccinated against COVID

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As COVID-19 worldwide cases peaked for the second time in early May 2021 at nearly 900,000 new cases per day, the European travel commission was devising a plan for a COVID Green Certificate. The COVID Digital Green Certificate is the latest in news about a possible vaccine passport for the coronavirus that should help see international travel routes open up again fully. Passengers will use their smart devices as a way to present the Digital Green Certificate at check-in. The plan hopes to be a key part of the overall recovery scheme implemented for the ongoing worldwide crisis of the coronavirus COVID-19 global pandemic. 

The Digital Green will ensure the free and safe movement of individuals in the European Union according to the press release from the European Commission. The certificate will be awarded to those that can present a negative coronavirus test result and is available in both digital and paper formats. Critics of the passport argue that such measures will create further divides between the living standards of those on either side of the wealth divide. Expensive covid tests combined with higher costs of travel and accommodation due to covid restrictions and less demand mean many cannot afford to think anymore of holiday abroad. 

There are also fears surrounding the possibility of people presenting fraudulent negative tests. The European Commission addressed these concerns by saying “The Commission will build a gateway to ensure all certificates can be verified across the EU, and support Member States in the technical implementation of certificates.” The commission however has left the travel restrictions in place as dependent on the will of the nations themselves. It is unclear yet as to what travel will look like as iIt will be up to nations in the EU to independently decide on which public health restrictions will be waived for those holding Green Certificate.