Poland to have Covid green certificates by June 25 – dep health minister

Anna Goławska said that the certificate could be an easy-to-read QR code that would be available in a special application or a paper form. Mateusz Marek/PAP

Poland should be connected to the EU Green Digital Certificate system, which is designed to facilitate safe and free travel for EU citizens inside the EU during the pandemic, by June 25, the country's deputy health minister has told PAP.

Anna Goławska said that the certificate could be an easy-to-read QR code that would be available in a special application or a paper form. It will not be a requirement for travel within the EU, but will make it easier for EU citizens, including Poles.

"In short, the certificate, will contain information about whether a person has been vaccinated against Covid-19, received a negative test result or recovered from Covid-19", said Goławska.

The deputy minister also pointed out that the European Union was not planning to establish, at a European level, a central register with patient data.

She also noted that Poland had notified the European Commission that the country was prepared technically and willing to test the system.

The tests are to be scheduled for Poland either from May 21 or May 25 and will verify the adaptation of the Polish electronic certification system to the standard set for all EU countries.

The deputy minister added that the Polish system of certificates should be ready to be launched within the framework of the European Union system at the beginning of June.

The draft certificate, which the European Commission presented in mid-March, has yet to be adopted by the EU Parliament and the European Council.