Some wiggle room in implementing the European Covid certificate has seen the Member States criticised for missing the opportunity to work together.
“We wanted this European Covid certificate to be an effective and genuinely useful tool for the consumer,” said Simon November, spokesperson for Test Achats, adding that this message “clearly got through” to both the European Commission and the European Parliament.
“However, the Member States have given themselves a lot of leeway on certain points, such as whether or not to accept antigen tests, the age from which the certificate is required, the different periods of validity for PCR tests or post-vaccination periods,” he said.
By aiming to make travel easier and safe, the tool should also revitalise the tourism sector, which has been hard hit by the pandemic. “But all these different rules make it a complicated instrument,” said November.
So you KNOW it’s going to be a pain. At least initially.
It will sort itself out in the end, but a lack of uniformity leaves the potential for confusion. Confusion leads to waits, frantic searches, mistakes and longer lines. These all lead to stress.
Nobody wants that.
But is it all going to be worth it? To me, yes, but what do you think?
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