Denmark plans vaccination passportEuropost
Denmark said on Wednesday it will develop a digital coronavirus passport that would allow foreign travel and restrictions to be eased, news wires reported. The document would show whether citizens have been vaccinated for the coronavirus or not, potentially affording them special travel privileges. It could also allow visits to restaurants, conferences, music festivals and sports events.
From the end of February, people should be able to check their immunisation status on a website, while the digital passport and an app will probably take another three to four months. "It is absolutely crucial for us to be able to restart Danish society and that companies can get back on track. Many Danish companies are global companies," Finance Minister Morten Bodskov said.
Denmark is currently under a lockdown, with nonessential retail closed, and bars and restaurants limited to takeaway. The prospect of special privileges for vaccinated people as well as efforts to develop a unified system for certifying vaccination has stirred vigorous debate in the EU.
The European Commission has been looking at proposals for vaccination certificates, but has said that, for now, such certificates would only be used for medical purposes. Estonia has already announced that it will drop quarantine requirements for people who can prove they have been vaccinated with a certificate.