Digital vaccine certificates against Covid in Europe have been explained



Why do I need a pass?

Almost everything. Once the current blockade has been lifted, entry to restaurants, bars, theaters, cultural and sporting events, as well as all ski resorts, will require a recent Covid vaccination or recovery test as part of the ‘2G’ rule from Austria. Currently, this regulation also applies to children, but there is an ongoing discussion and this may change over time for the ski season.

Download the pass here.

How strict is it?

A lot. If you are not vaccinated or recovered, or sir do not allow you to do your second time more than nine months ago, you will be removed from society. Although theoretically you would still be able to walk in the parks, or grab some skis and make use of the Austrian Alps, good luck getting around without having permission to access the ski lifts.


Switzerland has this week ruled out its requirement for arrivals from high-risk countries, including the UK, to complete a 10-day quarantine, making ski holidays feasible again. The country, in turn, has announced a number of new measures to deal with its rising infection rate, including the extension of its Covid passport scheme and stricter testing requirements for travelers.

Entry rules

You need to be vaccinated to be able to enter Switzerland, unless you can get an exemption (being a tourist is not one of them). Until January 24, 2022, all vaccinated visitors must report their arrival to the corresponding cantonal office within two days, submit a negative PCR test at the entrance and another between the fourth and seventh day after arrival. Your vaccine is valid for up to 12 months from the date of the last dose.

Why do I need a green pass?

It is not called a “green pass” in Switzerland, but all Swiss residents receive a “Covid Certificate” to prove that they have been vaccinated, recently recovered or tested negative for the virus (valid only for 24 hours at a time) .

As a visitor to the UK, you cannot obtain one of these certificates, but you must use your NHS Covid Pass (either in digital or letter format), which shows that you have been fully vaccinated or recovered from the virus. Having a negative test will get you nowhere.

NHS certificates / passes are required for all over the age of 16, at least until January 2022, to access restaurants, bars, nightclubs, museums, concerts, sports and leisure facilities, casinos, theaters, cinemas, large-scale outdoor events as well as indoor indoor gatherings of over 11 people.

How strict is it?

So strict that, unlike Austria, you won’t even be able to cross the border into Switzerland if you haven’t been vaccinated, not even with a negative test. Unvaccinated Swiss nationals also find it difficult; they must perform a PCR every three days or a rapid antigen test every 24 hours for their certificate to be valid.


France has tightened its restrictions on Covid in the face of rising cases and the emergence of the omicron variant, with nightclubs closed for a month and the use of Covid cards (showing vaccination tests, a recent negative test or virus recovery) expanded. in restaurants and cafes in the open-air Christmas markets. The population has also been urged to moderate social commitments for Christmas.

Entry rules

Currently fully vaccinated UK travelers can enter the country with a vaccination certificate and a “sworn statement” health form. People who arrive unvaccinated can only enter the country for limited (non-holiday) reasons and must present a negative PCR or antigen test certificate. Regardless of their vaccination status, all persons over the age of 12 arriving in France from the United Kingdom must undergo a lateral flow test (antigen) less than 48 hours before the trip.

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