Foreign Minister Wilmès on corona passport: “Do not link vaccination to freedom to travel”


After European government leaders agreed last week that a European “vaccination passport” should be issued before the summer, the European Commission is taking action. Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced this morning that she will introduce another bill this month to create a “digital green pass” that would be valid for travel across the EU.

Those who have been vaccinated against the corona virus will be able to travel freely in the European Union via this pass. This also applies to those who have not yet been given the opportunity to do so, but can submit a negative corona test, or can demonstrate that immunity has been built up after previous infection. Yet there are still many questions that remain unanswered about its concrete interpretation.

According to Minister Wilmès, there should be no question of “linking vaccination to freedom of movement in Europe.” According to her, a pass goes beyond “the purpose of the certificate”. A certificate indicates whether you have been vaccinated or tested negative or not, a pass could imply a restriction on travel.

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