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 Fact checked by Jillian Dara Fact checked by Jillian Dara on 06/02/21 Instagram Emerson College Jillian Dara is a freelance travel writer and fact checker. Her work has appeared in Travel + Leisure, USA Today 10Best, Michelin Guide, Hemispheres, DuJour, and Jetsetter. TripSavvy's fact-checking on 06/02/21 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 the UK Just Got a Lot Easier, so Put London Back on Your Bucket List These Countries Are Inviting US Citizens to Live and Work Remotely Travel to Europe: A Reopening Timeline, Country by Country Why the EU Travel Ban (Mostly) Doesn't Matter if You're Vaccinated These Countries Are Allowing Vaccinated Travelers to Visit Travel to Asia: A Reopening Timeline, Country by Country The “Green Pass" Is Italy’s Must-Have Travel Accessory This Season Travel to Central and South America: A Reopening Timeline, Country by Country Travel to the Caribbean: A Reopening Timeline, Country by Country Travel to North America: A Reopening Timeline, Country by Country Canada to Loosen Border Restrictions Next Month—as Long as You're Vaccinated Here's What It's Like to Travel to France Right Now Should You Travel to Europe Right Now? Travel to Africa and the Middle East: A Reopening Timeline, Country by Country What Travelers Should Know About the Delta Variant Is Thailand Ready to Reopen Its Borders to Tourists?