As the delta variant of the coronavirus continues to strongly affect European countries, authorities are digging to find effective new measures to protect citizens’ lives and prevent a new wave of the virus.
Travel restrictions and entry bans are among the most common measures taken by European governments to stop the spread of the virus. However, some countries in the European Union exempt vaccinated travelers from entry requirements such as testing or quarantine.
What’s more, several EU countries have even allowed vaccinated travelers from third countries to enter even for non-essential purposes such as tourism, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
Vaccinated internationals wishing to enter France are allowed to do so, as the western European country has reopened its doors to tourists. However, since August 9, France has reopened its borders to travelers from fully vaccinated third countries.
Currently, the country only accepts vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), such as Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson (Janssen). In addition, travelers who have completed their vaccination process with the AstraZeneca Covishield vaccine will also be allowed to enter France.
According to the French authorities, the vaccination is considered valid after the second dose for two-injection vaccines such as Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria and Covishield) or four weeks after taking the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
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Despite the EU Council’s recent recommendation to impose stricter travel restrictions on arrivals from the United States due to high COVID-19 infection rates, the United States Embassy in Finland has stressed that it continued to allow entry of Americans, provided they were fully vaccinated.
“Vaccinated travelers from all countries (including the United States) are now allowed to enter Finland” the statement issued by the US Embassy in Finland reads.
The same source specifies that Finland allows travelers from other countries to enter its territory if they have taken the last dose of any COVID-19 vaccine recognized as valid proof of immunity for travel, at least two weeks before their arrival. .
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Although travelers from other countries have been subject to milder entry requirements during its peak tourist season, currently travelers from some EU and EEA countries must be fully vaccinated, show negative proof the COVID PCR test (no more than 72 hours) or the antigen test (no more than 48 hours), or prove that they have recovered from the disease in order to enter Spain.
As for vaccinated travelers from third countries, they are only allowed entry if they have been vaccinated with one of the COVID-19 vaccines, which have been approved in Spain, as valid proof of immunity for to travel.
Travelers from low-risk Spanish third countries can also enter, even without being vaccinated.
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Portugal has recorded a total of 1,190 cases of COVID-19 infection and 13 deaths in the past 24 hours, according to figures released by the World Health Organization (WHO), which means that at this time day it recorded 1,047,047 cases of COVID-19 infection and 17,798 deaths in total.
Despite these figures, internationals are allowed to enter the south-eastern European country, provided they have completed the vaccination process.
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German authorities have allowed the entry of travelers from vaccinated third countries who were immunized against COVID-19 in June of this year, including for travelers reaching the country for non-essential purposes like tourism, regardless of the means of transport they choose to enter Germany.
However, to enter Germany, travelers from third countries must be vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved by the EMA, namely BioNTech / Pfizer, Janssen, Moderna, AstraZeneca. In addition, travelers who have been vaccinated with the Covishield vaccine are also allowed to enter Germany.
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As of May 10, Cyprus also allows entry of internationals holding a valid vaccination document indicating that they have been vaccinated with one of the vaccines mentioned below.
- BioNTech / Pfizer (Committee)
- AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria)
- Moderna (Spikevax)
- Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)
- AstraZeneca – Serum Institute of India (Covishield)
- Sinovac (CoronaVac)
- Sinopharm BIBP
Travelers who have been vaccinated with any of the vaccines approved in Cyprus are also exempt from other entry requirements, such as quarantine or testing.
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Vaccinated travelers from other countries, including the United States, are allowed unrestricted entry into Croatia, the country’s authorities have confirmed.
However, the Balkan country became the first territory to impose a maximum validity period for Coronavirus documents; therefore, travelers will face additional restrictions upon entering the country if more than 210 days have passed since passengers took the second dose of any approved COVID-19 vaccine.
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Austrian authorities have also confirmed that travelers from other countries who have completed their vaccination process can enter the country.
This country has also set a maximum validity period of 270 days on vaccination documents; therefore, internationals are required to stay aware of the validity period of their immunization status.
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Since June, Iceland has also welcomed vaccinated passengers from other countries if they present a valid vaccination certificate or prove that they have recovered from the Coronavirus.
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The Scandinavian country also allows international visitors to enter its territory if they prove they have been vaccinated or previously infected. The entry restrictions they are subject to upon arrival in Denmark depend entirely on the COVID-19 situation in the traveler’s country of departure.
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