EU to recognise Swiss Covid certificate

Photo: EPA Didier Reynders

The Commission adopted today a decision ensuring that Covid-19 certificates issued by Switzerland will be considered equivalent to the EU Digital Covid certificate. This means that Switzerland is to become the first country from outside the EU to be connected to the EU's system and that the Swiss Covid certificates will be accepted in the EU under the same conditions as the EU certificate.

In practice, holders of a Swiss certificate – Swiss nationals, EU citizens, and third-country nationals legally staying or residing in Switzerland – will be able to travel inside the EU under the same conditions as holders of an EU certificate. At the same time, Switzerland has agreed to accept the EU certificate for travel to Switzerland. The decision will come into effect as of 9 July.

“I warmly welcome that the Swiss authorities have decided to implement a system based on the EU Digital Covid Certificate. As a result, the certificate will not only facilitate free movement within the EU, but also between the EU and Switzerland. This will allow EU citizens and Swiss nationals to travel safely and more freely this summer,” Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders said.

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