‘Green pass’: Italy ready to launch travel health certificate ‘in a few days’

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Italy’s Covid-19 emergency commissioner said on Wednesday that Italy’s Coronavirus health pass would be ready within days after the European Parliament approved travel plans within the bloc.

“In terms of green passes, we’re ready. “It’s a matter of a few days,” said Emergency Commissioner-General Francesco Figliuolo.

In Italy, the certificate also called a Covid health pass or Covid immunity pass is expected to be a requirement for travel and attending events this summer.

According to the government’s reopening timetable, guests attending events including wedding receptions and christenings will need to present the document from June 15th onwards.

Additionally, it is expected to be a requirement when attending concerts and nightclubs in Italy.

Everyone who has either been vaccinated has tested negative for coronavirus in the last 48 hours, or has recently been sick and recovered from Covid-19 will be eligible for the pass.

This certificate will be valid for intra-EU travel starting July 1st and should spare travellers from needing quarantine or further testing.

The European Commission wants as many countries as possible to begin issuing the passes before July.

However, it relies on every country launching its own digital ID passes that can be recognized across the EU. The EU will not produce its own app or provide a standard document.

As of Wednesday, nine EU countries had already issued their own versions of the certificates – excluding Italy.

Massimo Garavaglia, Italy’s Tourism Minister, has stated that he would like to see the passes introduced earlier – because they are already in use in the competing tourist destinations of Greece, Spain, and Croatia.

A spokesman for the EU Commission told The Local: “Every member state will need to develop their national implementation for the EU Digital Covid Certificate. National wallet apps could be developed, but are not the only option. Integration in existing tracing or other apps, commercial solutions, digital storage of PDFs and of course paper certificates are also possible.”

The EU Digital Covid Certificate can be presented in either digital or paper format, for example on a smartphone.

It features a QR code for verification, which border officials and venue staff can use to verify the authenticity of digital signatures stored on Luxembourg’s servers.

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