It is our goal to soon enable the use of a possibly single green passport at the EU level, Austrian Tourism Minister Elisabeth Köstinger told the Austrian news agency APA.
The minister noted that this was a matter of survival for European tourism.
Croatia, Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain in late March agreed on seven criteria for issuing a green passport, which is expected to become a reality by early June at the latest.
The green passport contains a QR code with information on whether its holder has been vaccinated, tested or has recovered from coronavirus. It enables simple and practical application in the EU, from check-ins at airports to visits to village pubs, Köstinger said.
She stressed that one definitely wants to prevent this type of document from being treated as a way to make someone get vaccinated.
Sensitive medical information on the holder of the green passport would stay in the country of origin and would not be stored centrally at EU level.
Another goal is harmonising the application of the green passport with third countries.
The list of criteria for green passports has been submitted for control to the European Commission, which is expected to decide on their application in the coming days.
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