EU Digital COVID Certificate

EUDCC QR code displayed on a smartphone.
Sample EU Digital COVID Certificate issued by the Czech Republic

The EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), known in Italy as the Green Pass, and in France as the Sanitary Pass or Health Pass (passe sanitaire), is a COVID-19 vaccine passport created by the European Union (EU), that is valid in all member state of the European Union.

The EUDCC is used when travelling within the Schengen area with fewer restrictions. It launched in July 2021, and is applicable for citizens of the EU, and also for travelers from outside of the region.[1][2][3]

In October 2021, Johannes Bahrke, the European Commission's digital spokesman, said the EUDCC "set a global standard by being the only system currently in operation internationally". Since the July 2021 launch more than 591 million certificates had been issued, 438 million of them on the basis of vaccination.[4]


The EUDCC is a digitally-signed proof that a person has either:[5]

  • COVID-19 vaccination
  • received a negative COVID-19 test result
  • recovered from COVID-19

Non-EU countries

The EUDCC is also issued and recognized by 35 non-EU countries and territories.[5]


  1. ^ Arnaud Siad and Sharon Braithwaite. "EU digital Covid-19 certificates will be open to non-EU international travelers". CNN. Retrieved 1 October 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Grünes Licht für Schweizer Covid-Zertifikat" (in German). Blick. Retrieved 8 July 2021.
  3. ^ "The EU's COVID Certificate goes live today but how does it work?". euronews. 1 July 2021. Retrieved 1 October 2021.
  4. ^ "7.6 million Covid certificates issued in Portugal". Retrieved 2021-10-19.
  5. ^ a b "EU Digital COVID Certificate". European Commission. Retrieved 12 November 2021.

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