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How to get a Digital Covid Certificate for travel in Spain’s Valencia region

The Valencia region is one of the first places in Spain to issue Covid passports to its population, making it easier for residents to travel to EU/Schengen Zone countries this summer. Here’s how to get it if you live in Alicante, Valencia or Castellón provinces. 

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La Comunidad Valenciana is one of the regions in Spain which already has a system in place for its five million residents to obtain a Covid passport for safe and easy freedom of movement throughout the EU.  

The EU-wide launch is set for July 1st, and although Spain had planned to make the documents available to download by June 7th, as the regions are responsible for managing their own coronavirus strategy, not many regional systems have the system in place yet.

The Digital Covid Certificates – which have so far been dubbed Covid passports as Spanish authorities have not fully confirmed what they will be called – are not a requirement for travel around the EU.

But the travel documents contain a QR code specific to you that airport staff can easily scan and check that you meet the travel safety requirements.

Overall it will save you time and effort while travelling in EU/Schengen Zone countries for the coming months, maybe longer. 

From the EU’s perspective, it’s a way of avoiding quarantine and other restrictions for travellers in its member states. 

How do I get a Green Digital Certificate if I live in Alicante, Valencia or Castellón?

Visit the Valencian government’s website here

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You will need to enter your Valencian health number (SIP), the issue date of your health card and your date of birth to log in. 

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If you have received your full vaccination treatment, had a PCR (max 72 earlier before travel) or antigen test (max 48 hours) or can prove you’ve recovered from Covid in the last six months, you will be able to download your corresponding certificate by clicking on “Solicitar Certificado Covid Digital UE”. 

The document you will get is completely free and has a validity of 365 days in the case of those who have been vaccinated.

The recovery certificate will be valid from the end of the isolation period, day 11 since the positive PCR test, until 180 days later.

For the testing certificate, it’s valid for as long as your type of Covid test is valid. 

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US to end Covid testing requirement for travellers from Europe

Authorities in the USA have announced the end of the Covid-testing requirement for arrivals from Europe, meaning that fully vaccinated people will soon be able to travel between Europe and the US without needing pre-travel tests.

US to end Covid testing requirement for travellers from Europe

Most of Europe had dropped the testing requirement for fully-vaccinated arrivals in the spring, but the US has maintained the requirement to show proof of a negative test for all arrivals.

However on Friday, the Biden administration announced that it would not renew the testing requirement.

The new rule is expected to come into effect at 12.01 Sunday EDT, until then passengers will still need to show a negative Covid test before they can board a plane to the US.

The US currently bars unvaccinated travellers from entry – although this does not apply to US citizens, US residents or those travelling for essential reasons – there was no announcement on lifting this restriction. 

The CDC said that testing requirements could be reinstated if new variants of Covid emerge, and added that it continues to recommend pre-travel testing. 

Covid travel rules vary between individual countries in Europe, but most countries now only require pre-departure tests for unvaccinated travellers. Check the rules of the country you are travelling to for full details. 

To be counted as ‘fully vaccinated’ travellers must have received both doses of an EMA-approved vaccine – Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca (or a single dose of Janssen).

If their vaccination was more than nine months ago, they need a booster shot in order to be considered fully vaccinated – people who have had a booster do not need a second, even if their booster shot was more than nine months ago.

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