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Issuance of EU Digital COVID Certificates extended until June 2023

Published : 24 Jun 2022, 01:15

  DF Report

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The EU has extended the regulation on the EU Digital COVID Certificate by one year until 30 June 2023, said the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health in a press release on Thursday.

The regulation will ensure free movement in the EU even if the COVID-19 situation deteriorates in the future.

All travellers should still check beforehand whether their country of destination requires the certificate upon arrival or for using services.

The EU Digital COVID Certificate was first introduced in June 2021. It was originally in force until 30 June 2022.

Although the regulation is now extended by one year, the need for the certificate will be reassessed in six months’ time. The EU wants to repeal the certificate as soon as the health situation allows it.

Countries may have different practices and rules for COVID-19 certificates that people need to follow when crossing borders.

The Re-open EU website compiles information on travel instructions and restrictions in place in the EU Member States. Each Member State defines in its own legislation how COVID-19 certificates are used nationally.

In Finland, people can still get the EU Digital COVID Certificate from My Kanta Pages or from their local healthcare services. Anyone can get the certificate even if Finland no longer requires it on its borders.