- NHS Covid pass still not recognized in some EU countries
- British tourists facing difficulties following a delay in linking NHS Covid pass to EU’s system
- UK in technical talks with the commission for months over linking the NHS Covid pass to that of the EU
- both systems use a QR code that can be scanned to allow for verification
British tourists face difficulties in proving their vaccine status in Europe following a delay in linking the NHS Covid pass to the EU’s system due to gaps in the British government’s application to Brussels says an article in The Guardian.
How to solve this?
An IT tie-up would ensure automatic recognition across the 27 member states of the information held on the NHS app, facilitating both international travel and access to hospitality where proof of vaccine status is required.
Approval held off
The UK government made an application to link up to the EU’s digital certificate on 28 July but the European Commission has held off on giving its approval as it has sought extra technical information from Whitehall, the Guardian understands.
Linking the NHS Covid pass
The UK has been in technical talks with the commission for months over linking the NHS Covid pass to that of the EU. Both systems use a QR code that can be scanned to allow for verification.
A link-up between the two would ensure that both sides can digitally verify Covid certificates without the need for physical checks. UK officials said it would offer further assurance to travelers.
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Source: The Guardian