EU Digital Covid Certificate now available via La Meva Salut website
Proof of vaccination is valid for a year and evidence of recovery for six months
The European Union's Digital Covid Certificate is now available for Catalan residents through the health department's La Meva Salut website, with the service being announced on Tuesday evening.
After logging in, the user has to click on the 'informes i resultats' tab (reports and results) and select 'sol·licita'l aquí' (request it here) in the 'Certificat COVID Digital UE' section.
After clicking on 'accedir,' the next screen shows the certificates available.
People are able to download either the vaccination certificate, proof of a negative test (not available as of yet), or a certificate of recovery after having had the virus when applicable.
If they can choose between the three options, the health department recommends using the vaccination certificate "as it has the longest validity, one year" from the moment the last dose was given.
A negative test certificate is valid for 72 hours from the moment the test is performed in the case of PCRs, or 48 hours for antigen tests.
The certificate of recovery is available from 11 days after someone tests positive and will expire 6 months later.
These documents are also available for children under the age of 16.
Once the preferred document is requested, a QR code and a PDF file are generated automatically. It contains information on what sort of certificate it is, the personal data of the individual, the certificate issuer and the date the document expires.
The certificate is in English, Spanish and Catalan, and includes three flags: the Catalan, the Spanish and the EU ones.
International tourists welcome if vaccinated
As of Monday, airports across Spain now accept the EU Digital Covid Certificate and other documents for non-EU countries, meaning that vaccinated people from all over the world – except for those traveling from Brazil, India, or South Africa – will be allowed to enter the country without further health checks.
A senior official from the Spanish health ministry, Alfredo González, also said on Monday that certificates have begun to be issued in some regions.
He added that these documents will facilitate traveling within the Union, but also said that journeys will still be possible without any of these certificates. In that case, each country's health requirements will have to be fulfilled.
These alternative requirements will, however, mean "slower" cross-border travel than with EU certificates.