Travel News Safety & Insurance Europe Launches a COVID-19 Digital Pass for Travel The passport-like program will expand to the entirety of the E.U. on July 1 By Stefanie Waldek Stefanie Waldek Instagram Twitter Stefanie Waldek is a Brooklyn-based travel writer with over six years of experience. She covers various destinations, hotels, and travel products for TripSavvy. TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Updated on 06/02/21 Fact checked by Jillian Dara Fact checked by Jillian Dara Instagram Emerson College Jillian Dara is a freelance journalist and fact-checker. Her work has appeared in Travel + Leisure, USA Today, Michelin Guides, Hemispheres, DuJour, and Forbes. TripSavvy's fact-checking Share Pin Email Nikada / Getty Images The European Union is officially one step closer to broadly opening up for tourism ahead of the peak summer season. Today, seven member states—Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, and Poland—have launched a new COVID-19 digital passport system that will facilitate easier international journeys. Citizens of those countries can now apply for a digital pass that verifies that they've been fully vaccinated, have received a negative test result within the past 72 hours, or have recovered from COVID-19. Once approved for the E.U. Digital COVID Certificate, as the pass is formally called, those E.U. citizens can enter other E.U. countries freely without presenting additional medical information or quarantining. (For those without digital devices, paper certificates will be issued.)"EU citizens are looking forward to traveling again, and they want to do so safely," Stella Kyriakides, E.U. commissioner for health and food safety, said in a statement. "Having an E.U. certificate is a crucial step on the way.” One of the biggest concerns about such a digital passport, particularly in the United States, is privacy. But personal data for the E.U. Digital COVID Certificate will be securely stored only by the national body that issued it. When border authorities scan it at another E.U. member state, that information will not be retained. While the program is limited in scope right now, all 27 E.U. members must launch the program in their own countries by July 1, allowing for unimpeded travel throughout Europe. Everyone's Going to Europe This Summer—But Here's How You Can Beat the Crowds Article Sources TripSavvy uses only high-quality, trusted sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial policy to learn more about how we keep our content accurate, reliable and trustworthy. European Commission. "EU Gateway Goes Live With Seven Countries One Month Ahead of Deadline." June 1, 2021. European Commission. "EU Digital COVID Certificate." August 3, 2021. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Travel to Europe: A Reopening Timeline, Country by Country These Countries Are Inviting US Citizens to Live and Work Remotely These Countries Are Allowing Vaccinated Travelers to Visit What to Expect If You’re Going on a Cruise This Winter Travel to Asia: A Reopening Timeline, Country by Country The “Green Pass" Is Italy’s Must-Have Travel Accessory This Season Travel to the Caribbean: A Reopening Timeline, Country by Country Travel to Central and South America: A Reopening Timeline, Country by Country Everything International Travelers Need to Know About Planning a Trip to the US Travel to Africa and the Middle East: A Reopening Timeline, Country by Country Travel to the UK Just Got a Lot Easier, so Put London Back on Your Bucket List Should You Travel to Europe Right Now? Why the EU Travel Ban (Mostly) Doesn't Matter if You're Vaccinated Canada to Loosen Border Restrictions Next Month—as Long as You're Vaccinated I Just Spent 4 Days in Barbados—Here's How the Country Is Keeping People Safe How Long Does It Take to Get a Passport?