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Luxembourg to launch Covid passport ahead of EU
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Luxembourg to launch Covid passport ahead of EU

by Zuzanna REDA-JAKIMA 26.05.2021 From our online archive
Government ready to have an electronic certificate by mid-June, government source says
Bettel arrives on the second day of the EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels on Tuesday
Bettel arrives on the second day of the EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels on Tuesday
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Luxembourg plans to issue a Covid passport ahead of a Europe-wide rollout, a government source said, to accelerate the reopening of the economy.

“We are pretty much ready with the solution and the launch could conveniently coincide with when the current pandemic restrictions expire on 12 June,” the source said. “The last element we are working on now is to equip ... authorities with an application that would read data stored in the certificates.”

The government would soon make a decision about the plan, the source said, and last-minute changes were still possible.

The certificate will show whether a person has been fully vaccinated, has recovered from Covid or has tested negative recently. Anybody meeting one of these criteria would be allowed to take part in large gatherings such as concerts, enabling Luxembourg to further loosen restrictions.

Travellers to Luxembourg who can show the certificate would no longer need to present a negative test, which is currently required.

The government could not yet release the plans as the health ministry was figuring out how long after a person who had recovered would be considered cured and for how long it would be safe for them to interact with others without the risk of reinfectioning or spreading the disease, the source said.

Already now, people who received a jab in Luxembourg can digitally store the information by scanning a QR code provided on the paper proof of vaccination. People who are fully vaccinated would directly be allowed greater freedoms than those imposed on the rest of the society, the source said.

The EU-wide certificate is planned to be based on the same principles and is expected to launch in early July. “The Luxembourg solution would be easily merged with the EU one, once it’s ready,” said the source, who was present at an EU summit discussing the matter.  


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