On 30 June 2021, the EEA Joint Committee adopted a Joint Committee Decision (JCD) in order to ensure that the so-called EU Digital COVID Certificate will apply across the EEA as of 1 July. Due to the importance and urgency of the matter, the JCD was adopted via written procedure together with an Implementing Decision on technical specifications.
The JCD incorporates Regulation (EU) 2021/953 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 June 2021 on a framework for the issuance, verification and acceptance of interoperable COVID-19 vaccination, test and recovery certificates to facilitate free movement during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Taking effect as of 1 July 2021 and in place for 12 months, the EU COVID certificate will be proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19. The regulation entails that the certificate will be available, free of charge, in digital or paper format and will include a QR code to ensure its security and authenticity.
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