EU Digital COVID Certificate


Reminder. The EU Digital COVID Certificate is digital proof that a person has either been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19.

From 1 July it will be available to all EU Member States. This Certificate will facilitate the safe free movement of citizens in the European Union during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you don’t have a Digital COVID Certificate you can still travel, although the entry process will be slower and you will possibly be subject to further measures (test, quarantine, etc.).

The EU digital COVID Certificate is free of charge, and it is issued in digital or paper format in the country’s national language and English. It is valid throughout the EU and includes a QR code for verifying the information at the destination and guaranteeing its authenticity. The certificate contains the essential minimum data, such as name, date of birth, a unique identifier as well as information on the vaccine, diagnostic tests or recovery from the disease. This information remains on the certificate and is not stored or retained when a certificate is verified in another EU Member State. During the verification process, the validity and authenticity of the certificate are checked by verifying who issued and signed it.

Passengers in possession of the EU digital COVID certificate and who incorporate it into the SpTH form while obtaining the QR code will receive aQR FAST CONTROL code to speed up the procedure upon arrival at their destinations. For more information, check the EU website.

In Spain the certificate can be applied for through the Ministry of Health website. They are also issued by the autonomous regions, normally in digital format, via mobile apps or specific healthcare web portals for each region. On this Ministry of Health web page you can find the relevant links for requesting the EU Digital COVID Certificate from the autonomous regions.

The amount of time navigating airports during a journey has doubled to 3 hours from 1-1/2 hours before the pandemic. Huge queues and delays during the peak summer season are expected.