News break from El Pais, the European Union’s ‘Digital Green Certificate’ is due to come into force in June, and will allow for people to arrive in Spain ‘in a safer manner,’ according to the Health Ministry:
"Covid-19 vaccine passports, which the European Union is officially calling “Digital Green Certificates,” will allow citizens of Europe to enter Spain without having to quarantine or take a coronavirus test. "The document will come in the form of a free QR code, will be available by the end of June."
“This certificate is not a passport, it’s not a travel document, and it’s not a requirement for travel,” the general secretary said on Thursday. “It’s a mechanism that will facilitate mobility in the European Union. It will respect data protection, safety and privacy. It is planned so that it will not be discriminatory, and that is one of the major advantages,” he added, expressing his confidence that it will be a great help for the summer tourism season in Spain."
"What’s more, we sustain that this system could be rolled out to third countries that have similar systems.”
"The plan is part of the government’s tourism strategy for 2021, during which the authorities are forecasting that 40 million foreign visitors will arrive. Government sources have said that conversations are ongoing with agencies such as the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) as well as countries outside the EU, such as the United Kingdom, which is a key market for the travel industry in Spain.
“The idea is not that it lets you access more or fewer things, but that you can do so more easily, in a way both people on an individual level and the economy can benefit from the advance of the vaccination.”