France Launches Digital Green Certificates to the Mediterranean
France's COVID-19 tracing app has been upgraded with new functions to include SARS-CoV-2 test results and COVID-19 vaccination records. It is being deployed on short-haul services between Paris and the Mediterranean island of Corsica, according to French Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari.
On April 27, 2021, Bloomberg News reported that France is the first country in the European Union (EU) to have an operational digital system to introduce "digital green certificates" by June 2021.
On March 17, 2021, the European Commission presented a proposal to create a Digital Green Certificate to facilitate the safe free movement of EU citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. A Digital Green Certificate is digital proof that a person has either been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19.
National authorities are in charge of issuing the certificate. It could, for example, be issued by hospitals, test centers, health authorities.
On April 27th, the European Medicines Agency had authorized these COVID-19 vaccines: Comirnaty, COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna, Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca), and COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen.
Digital Green Certificates will be accepted in all EU Member States. They will help to ensure that restrictions currently in place can be lifted in a coordinated manner. When traveling, every EU citizen or third-country national legally staying or residing in the EU, who holds a Digital Green Certificate, should be exempted from free movement restrictions in the same way as citizens from the visited Member State.