Covid Passports became mandatory on Monday, December 20, for all over 12s when entering hospitality venues in Andalucia.
Under the new measures, customers wishing to enter bars, restaurants and nightlife venues must now prove that they have been fully vaccinated against Covid or produce a negative diagnostic test.
It follows a ruling on Friday by the Superior Court of Justice of Andalucia (TSJA) to ratify the request made by the Ministry of Health and Families to implement the preventative measure which will apply to all those looking to enter hospitality venues.
Customers must prove that they have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19;
produce the results of a negative diagnostic test performed within the last 72 hours if it is a PCR test or 48 hours if an antigen test, or prove that they have recovered from the virus in the last six months. In the latter case, the customer must show that they were diagnosed as having Covid-19 by way of a PCR test 11 or more days previously.
None of the new measures will apply to those under the age of 12.
Under the new measures, establishments are obliged to display public information posters to remind customers that they must now show a valid certificate along with their ID to access the premises.
The Junta de Andalucia asserts that the Covid certificates must only be requested for the purpose of verifying that a person has been vaccinated.
"In no case will personal health data be kept, or files created with it," they stressed.
Any member of staff with access to or knowledge of any personal information from the certificates are obligated to maintain the confidentiality of the customer’s personal details.
The Minister for Health and Families, Jesús Aguirre, believes that the certificates are a “fundamental measure in the fight against the pandemic” and that "together with the protection of the most vulnerable people, we must influence prevention in closed spaces that have a greater risk of exposure."
How to obtain the Covid certificate
The Covid passport certificate can be obtained in various ways throughout Andalucía, including via the ClicSalud + web page, the mobile app Salud Andalucía or at a health centre.
In order to download the certificate through ClicSalud + it is necessary to identify yourself with a digital certificate, DNie or Cl @ ve, although recently, Clicsalud + facilitates access to the EU Digital COVID Certificate with a new method of identification with personal data and mobile verification based on the use of personal information. This system, for greater security, requires entering an access code on the page that is sent to the citizen's mobile phone (via SMS) to complete the authentication process. Mutual and private people must use the specific access for people without Andalusia health card, which does not require this information for identification. To access they must use the option for people without an Andalusian health card.
The 'Salud Andalucía' App is the institutional reference mobile application for all users of the Andalusian Health Service and is available for free from the Android and IOS application markets. An ad that says 'COVID-19 Certificates' will appear prominently on the home screen of the application, which will facilitate their obtaining. For the download, it is necessary to identify yourself with personal data and mobile verification based on the use of personal data.
On the other hand, citizenship care professionals can provide the certificate without the need for a medical or nursing consultation. Many of the centres have an appointment in advance for this type of procedure, an appointment that can be obtained through ClicSalud +, the App and the Salud Responde telephone number through the option "Administrative Procedures".
How it works
The Ministry of Health and Families introduced new functionality to the 'Salud Andalucía' application on December 7, including a QR code reader through which it is possible to verify the validity of the European Union Covid certificates.
The reader verifies that the QR we read is correct, that is, that it exists in the certificate database and reviews the data to verify its authenticity and expiration.
When the application certifies that the data is correct, it returns an ok with the basic data of the holder (name and date of birth) so that the person who validates it can verify that they correspond to the identity of the person presenting it. The ok is shown with a large green circle with a positive check inside. In the event that it is not valid, a red circle is displayed with a cross in the centre.
Image Credit: Junta de Andalucia