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EU jab certificate plan clears key hurdle

EU negotiators have struck an agreement for the “digital green certificate” scheme, which holiday hubs see as a vital lifeline for the coming peak tourist season, according to sources from Portugal, which holds the EU presidency right now.

The breakthrough comes after several tough negotiation rounds involving representatives of the member states, the European Parliament and the European Commission.

It could help usher in freer travel within the bloc as soon as late June – just as many Europeans are getting ready for a summer break.

The certificate will take the form of a QR code on a smartphone or paper, letting authorities determine the status of a visitor based on records in their home EU country.

The certificate would show if a person had received a vaccine, had a recent negative test or had immunity based on recovery.

This could provide the basis for waiving the quarantine requirements currently in place for many trips within the bloc.

However, it remains up to each of the 27 member countries to decide what kind of perks the certificate brings within its borders.

The EU executive branch set out its proposal in March, kicking off negotiations.

Greece has already relaxed entry requirements for foreign visitors who have been jabbed and Spain allows EU tourists in on condition of a negative test.

One sixth of the EU’s adult population is now fully vaccinated, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

The commission’s target is to raise this to 70 per cent by September.

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