A COVID-19 travel certificate expected to greatly simplify travel within the EU has been made available in Belgium from Wednesday (16 June), the country’s authorities confirmed.
The “European digital COVID certificate”, referred to in Belgium as the COVID certificate, is a document obtained at no cost and recognised throughout the European Union to facilitate travel abroad, whether business trips or tourist stays.
It contains data as to the person’s COVID-19 vaccination status, current negative PCR test, or confirmation that the person has recently recovered from the disease.
It will be accepted by authorities in all EU member states on paper or via smartphone, from 1 July, although some countries are accepting it already.
The certificate has a QR code containing the necessary information and a digital stamp aimed at guaranteeing the authenticity of the document.
Three ways to obtain it
- In Belgium, the COVID certificate can be download and printed via the masante.be site or the site of the person’s mutual insurance company.
- Also, it can be displayed directly on smartphone by downloading the CovidSafe application available in the AppStore or PlayStore, depending on the operating system of the smartphone. Once the application has been downloaded, users must confirm their identity via the Itsme App, so that their COVID status – vaccine record for example – is imported.
- It is also possible to call one of the regional call centres to receive the certificate by post. However, any delays might complicate the process if it is necessary to prove a negative PCR test result not older than 72 hours.
Who can get it?
All those who have been vaccinated in Belgium against COVID-19 (whether they have received one or two doses), who have a negative PCR test (carried out maximum 72 hours before departure) or have recently recovered from the disease (proof must be provided in the form of a positive test result between 11 and 180 days old).
😳 SO basically @vonderleyen scheduled a last-minute press statement to tell us she's "very curious" to test how the covid certificate will work when she tours the 27 member states to deliver Commission's opinions on national recovery plans.
— Jorge Valero (@europressos) June 16, 2021
[Edited by Josie Le Blond]