Austria to launch Covid-19 pass this week

Austria to launch Covid-19 pass this week
Austria's Covid-19 immunity pass will launch this week. Photo by Fabian Hurnaus on Unsplash
Austria's Covid-19 immunity card will be introduced this week. Here's what you need to know.

Austria’s Covid digital green pass using a QR code is set to be approved on Tuesday and will be implemented at the end of this week. 

With restaurants, pubs, amateur sport and larger events allowed again from May 19th, Austria brought into effect the ‘3G Rule’.

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The 3G Rule means that only people who have been vaccinated against the virus, have tested negative or who have contracted the virus and have recovered are entitled to participate in the reopening.

Currently, people can show their immunity through paper documentation, but as of this week will be able to do so via the immunity card. 

Immunised people not included in pass initially

To start with, the pass will initially not include an option for vaccinated people, the Ministry of Health has told APA.

This means that initially it will only apply for people who have recovered from the virus and those who have tested negative. 

No date has been given for when vaccinated people will be included in the passport.

Digital proof of vaccination can already be created and downloaded from the electronic vaccination pass using a mobile phone signature or citizen card at www.gesundheit.gv.at, the Ministry said.

The immunity card had been set to launch on June 4th, however it was delayed by a week.

The Ministry also confirmed the digital green pass will be valid across the EU from July 1st.

More information about Austria’s green pass can be found at the following link. 

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