From June 23, vaccinated people will be able to access places and events in the Netherlands through the CoronaCheck app. De Jonge, the outgoing minister, stated in the House of Representatives that from that day on, the application must be suitable for generating vaccination certificates. Now, for example, to participate in festivals or football matches, you must have a negative test even if you have been vaccinated.
To ensure privacy, the controller on the app can only see the date of birth and initials of the relevant person, but cannot check whether someone has been vaccinated, tested, or recovered from the corona. The QR code finally provides access.
A week later, on July 1, the application should also be able to be used for vacation trips abroad, but De Jonge explained that for this, the EU still needs to solve some problems. Member states have different views on how the Digital Covid Certificate (DCC) should work.
“We strive for as much coordination as possible, but I do not rule out the possibility that we will eventually have to reach a bilateral agreement with some EU countries,” De Jonge said.
Only valid for 14 days after vaccination
Some member states want to issue DCC only 14 days after vaccination, because this is the best protection against the virus. But this means that people cannot go on vacation immediately after being vaccinated, or they still have to undergo a corona test.
Within the European Union, the Netherlands will insist that vaccination can enter other countries almost immediately. All vaccines must be accepted, and all countries must agree on whether one shot is sufficient for travel. Our country also hopes to conduct different assessments of the risks of each country.
Now, a country will only turn green if the number of infections per 100,000 inhabitants is less than 25. Our country wants to increase this limit to 75 per 100,000 inhabitants. The Netherlands currently has about 200 infections per 100,000 inhabitants, but this number is rapidly declining. The government also believes that the boundaries of the orange zone should be raised.
Test validity period
There are also different opinions among EU countries on the validity period of the corona test. Some countries/regions require a PCR test no later than 48 hours, but this means that tourists traveling to Southern Europe for the night must have the test on the way. The PCR test is valid for 72 hours, and the rapid test is 48 hours, which is the government’s commitment.
In addition, the Netherlands hopes that children under the age of 12 will be exempt from the obligation to test. According to the current proposal, only children under the age of 6 do not need to be tested.
Next Tuesday, EU ministers will meet in Luxembourg to pass regulations on digital corona certificates. Therefore, the Dutch parliament must approve a legal amendment before the plan takes effect on July 1.