What is the Digital Green Certificate?

Your travel future explained

Last update: 24/05/2021

We’re all anticipating our next holiday getaway – it feels like forever since we last took to the skies for a bit of adventure, beachside bliss or seaside relaxation.

Here at Cassidy Travel, we're excited to announce that our 10 travel shops around Dublin City are back open! It's been great to see so many of our regular customers again, dropping in to enquire about a holiday or just say hello.

Our travel experts are in-store and online waiting to advise you on future travel and while the COVID situation is still changing day by day, the global vaccine rollout has put travel back on the horizon. Our team has been hard at work behind the scenes keeping up on unfolding developments throughout the world so we can keep you up to date on your favourite destinations.

To enable travel, the EU is launching its anticipated Digital Green Travel scheme which has been in the works for a number of months now.

The Taoiseach has confirmed that Ireland will be joining the Digital Travel Scheme. Recently, Minister for European Affairs, TD Thomas Byrne put in an appearance on Ireland AM to answer some questions that the public may have about the upcoming travel scheme.

What is the Digital Green Certificate?

The digital green certificate comes in 2 forms, a QR Code on your phone or a paper Certificate.

It certifies that the holder has either:

  • Received the vaccination against COVID 19
  • Has presented a recent negative PCR test
  • Has previously contracted and recovered from COVID 19

If you meet one of the above conditions, you will be able to get the Digital Green Certificate.

TD Thomas Byrne appeared on Ireland AM to discuss the Digital Green Certificate

You can watch the full interview here

Will all EU countries have the same entry requirements?

Under the Digital Green Travel scheme, EU countries will still be able to introduce their own requirements on those entering the countries. For example, a country experiencing higher COVID rates may require an additional negative PCR test.

Children are not likely to have received a vaccine by the time this scheme is fully in place, and policies on PCR tests will vary. Portugal requires a negative test for children over the age of 2, while Netherlands only requires them for children over the age of 12.

Holidaymakers will still need to ensure that they are meeting all the requirements for the country they’re planning on travelling to.

If you're feeling holiday-starved, major tourist destinations like Spain are even more eager to get holidaymakers back!

Spain has launched a helpful website where you can check out the latest entry requirements - just enter your country of origin.

For travel to Italy, you can see this link here

When will the Digital Green Certificate be put in place?

The Digital Green Certificate is still being negotiated in Brussels to ensure it works from a legal and technical perspective but the Minister indicated that it could be in place towards the end of June. As the vaccine rollout continues and rates stay down, this paints a much more positive picture of our holiday futures!

How long will the Digital Green Certificate scheme be in place?

The EU recognises the right of people to move and to travel and the purpose of the scheme is to facilitate this and to mitigate the risk of travel. The scheme is not planned to stay in place after the pandemic.

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