More than a million EU citizens have already begun using the EU Digital COVID Certificate, according to EU Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders.
Speaking to the European Parliament on 8 June, Mr Reynders said the implementation of the European Covid certificate is “progressing well” on a technical level.
Nine countries have already started issuing the certificates: Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Croatia, Poland, Lithuania, Spain and the Czech Republic.
The European Parliament today rubber-stamped its approval of the certificates with a vote in Strasbourg.
From 1 July onwards, all EU member states will accept the certificates, which will show that a person has been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, has a recent negative PCR Covid-19 test, or has recently been infected and has recovered, and is therefore immune.
The certificate, which will be free and made available both digitally and as a paper document, will remain valid for 12 months, according to a Parliament press release.
Ireland will begin using the EU Digital COVID Certificate from 19 July, when non-essential international travel is scheduled to restart.