EU covid passports will be valid until the end of June 2023

European digital covid certificates will be valid until the end of June 2023. This decision was made at the recent meeting of the EU Council on June 28, 2022 in order to prevent the disruption of the holiday season, which is not easy for the Schengen countries. The certificate of a single sample contains data on vaccination, as well as on the past disease - in those who have been ill - and the negative result of the test performed after recovery.

European coronavirus vaccination certificates have been issued since the start of the vaccination campaign. Thanks to the introduction of an electronic certificate with data on the presence of antibodies to the new coronavirus, which is mandatory for EU citizens, it was possible to restore travel within the Schengen area without the risk of spreading the virus. As of June 2022, almost 2 billion people received certificates, who now do not need to undergo mandatory quarantine when crossing the border with countries that supported the initiative.

Many, not only European countries, are canceling quarantine measures and entry restrictions adopted during the pandemic, but do not exclude their possible return. According to Our World in Data, 4.84 billion have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Nevertheless, periodic bursts of infections are still being recorded around the world, and new mutations of the virus are being discovered with varying degrees of resistance to existing vaccines. Therefore, the risk of a second lockdown, although perhaps not on such a large scale, still exists.

A covid certificate in the European Union is received by all residents who have been fully vaccinated with approved drugs. As of June 2022, the list of approved vaccines in Greece includes 5 items:

  • Pfizer/BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • Johnson&Johnson
  • Novavax
  • Oxford/AstraZenec

The vaccination campaign in Greece officially started on December 28, 2020. Coronavirus vaccination statistics as of June 27, 2021 show the following data: 7.6 million people were fully vaccinated in the country with two doses of drugs, which equals almost 74% of the population. In Cyprus, 52% of the residents completed the full course of vaccination, which also indicates a high degree of safety for foreigners arriving in the country. In both Greece and Cyprus, as well as in other countries of the EU, everyone who has a valid coronavirus vaccination certificate is not subject to any restrictions, including exemption from quarantine upon arrival.

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