Latvia works on introducing 'green travel certificate', says minister

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Latvia is working on the introduction of the so-called digital green certificate, with the aim of facilitating travel at least within the European Union (EU), said Environment Minister Artūrs Toms Plešs on Latvian Television March 25.

Last week, European Commission proposed to introduce a Digital Green Certificate to facilitate save movement within EU during the Covid-19 pandemic. The certificate would be proof that the person has been vaccinated against or received a negative Covid-19 test result.

Asked whether Latvia, like neighboring countries Estonia and Lithuania, is working on the introduction of the green certificate, the minister said: “As I understand, work on this is ongoing. Yesterday, at the government meeting, the Minister for Health [Daniels Pavļuts] expressed the opinion (..) that it is one way of stimulating the vaccination process and increasing public involvement in it. So we work on it, as do the neighboring countries. "

Plešs said the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (VARAM) is prepared to engage in the development of a “green certificate” and has also expressed a clear position that it is necessary.

Estonia reports that their green certificate might already be introduced in April.

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