Despite protests and complaints, vaccination passports have become a part of everyday life in most European countries. True, in some places restrictions exist only on paper, and in some places you cannot even get to work without a Covid pass.
For example, in Scotland, vaccination passports are already in effect, in England they do without them, and in Italy they must be presented at the workplace. Correspondents Air force “Walked” across Europe to test the implementation of restrictive measures in action.
Mark Lowen shares his impressions of Rome. It confirms the strictest Green Pass QR requirement literally everywhere – in trains and cinemas, restaurants and gyms. Without it, employees of public and private institutions are not allowed to work, and masks are a must-have accessory that does not cause any complaints.
Hugh Scofield from Paris writes that in France, no less stringent measures – confirmation of vaccination, previous illness or a test done are presented in museums, cinemas, bars, airports and trains. He notes: “In France it is amazing how quickly the sanitary passport became a part of everyday life.”
But in the Netherlands, as Anna Holligan says, the situation is completely different:
In all the beach bars, restaurants, city cafes and museums that I have visited since the card was introduced (September 25), I have never been asked to show it. Still, the rules state that anyone 13 years of age or older must present a Covid pass, with the exception of shopping or sporting events.
Copenhagen’s Adrienne Murray reports that Denmark actually abandoned coronavirus measures last month. The country was the first to introduce covid passes back in April, but now the status of Covid-19 is not a “socially critical” disease.
Damien McGuinness from Berlin deciphers the signs on the doors of many establishments – bars, restaurants, cafes. 2G stands for geimpft (vaccinated) or genesen (recovered) – that is, entry is only allowed to visitors belonging to these categories. Sometimes you can see the 3G sign: a third is added to the first two categories – those who have a fresh negative test for coronavirus. Naturally, the incoming must have documentary evidence.
Bethany Bell inspected Vienna. He claims that 3G certificates have been valid in Austria for several months (see above). The reporter writes:
Recently, a friend and I went to one of my favorite restaurants in Vienna that serves excellent Viennese schnitzel and apple strudel. “I assume you have Green Passes?” the waiter asked suspiciously. He glanced at our digital certificates, then handed over the menu. Some establishments are very strict in checking passes, others do not even ask.