EU, Turkey and others agree on Covid-19 passports

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The EU has adopted three equivalence decisions for North Macedonia, Turkey and Ukraine.

This means that the countries will be connected to the EU’s system and that Covid certificates issued by North Macedonia, Turkey and Ukraine will be accepted in the EU, as of August 19, under the same conditions as the EU Digital Covid Certificate.

At the same time, North Macedonia, Turkey and Ukraine have agreed to accept the EU Digital Covid Certificate for travel from the EU to their countries. Their participation in the EU’s Digital Covid Certificate will thus facilitate safe travel to and from the EU. Commissioner for Justice,

Didier Reynders, said, “I am pleased to see that the list of countries implementing a system based on the EU Digital Covid Certificate is growing steadily and we are setting standards internationally. This will help to facilitate safe travel, also beyond the borders of our Union.”

Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, Oliver Varhelyi, added, “As we fight the pandemic together, our partners are also an integral part of opening up safely together. I welcome Ukraine, North Macedonia and Turkey in our Digital Covid Certificate system and look forward to more of our neighbours connecting soon.”

The three decisions adopted today will enter into force as of tomorrow, 20 August 2021 and are available online. The Commission continues cooperating with other third countries to connect them to the EU system. More information on the EU Digital Covid Certificate can be found on the dedicated website and Q&A.


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Deirdre Tynan

Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.

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