Luxembourg to detail CovidCheck certificate plans
Luxembourg will present plans for a Covid-19 passport that should make it easier to travel abroad for people who have been fully vaccinated, have recovered from the disease or have recently tested negative.
Health Minister Paulette Lenert is due to announce details of the 'CovidCheck' certificate at a press conference at 1600 hrs on Thursday ahead of a launch in the EU, where it will come into effect on July 1.
The certificate - which will exist in a printed form and as a mobile phone app - would give EU citizens the ability to travel within the 27 nations of the bloc.
Plans for the certificate come as Luxembourg prepares to loosen its Covid-19 restrictions this weekend. An overnight curfew is set to be scrapped as of Sunday, while restaurants and bars will no longer be forced to limit their opening hours under the measures.
However, the proposed new legislation has come in for criticism from both the State Council, Luxembourg’s senior advisory body, and the country’s Consultative Commission on Human Rights (CCDH).
In an opinion published on Wednesday, the State Council – whose opposition can delay the legislation – said the rules for the private sector remained strict.
The State Council also raised a formal objection about a mandatory testing requirement for care homes and hospitals proposed under the new legislation, saying that many questions still remained about what would happen to staff who refused to comply. Parliament's health commission and the State Council itself are set to consider further amendments to the law on Thursday.
Prime Minister Xavier Bettel said last week he expected parliament to approve the easing of the measures at a vote on Saturday morning.