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Netherlands: COVID-19 Vaccines Recognised for Travel

As the majority of European countries have decided to welcome vaccinated travelers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dutch government has announced the list of vaccines recognized by the country’s authorities.

According to a press release from the Ministry of Health, it was announced that the country will accept proof of vaccination only if the vaccine is approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or if it is part of the World Health Organization (WHO). Emergency Use List, reports.

“Proof of vaccination is accepted only if it is issued after vaccination with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or on the World Health Organization (WHO) emergency use list,” the ministry said in a statement.

This means that the following vaccines are acceptable in the Netherlands:

Pfizer / BioNTech (Comirnaty) AstraZeneca EU (Vaxzevria) Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) Moderna (Spikevax) AstraZeneca-SK Bio (Vaxzevria) AstraZeneca-Serum Institute of India (Covishield) Sinopharm BIBP Sinovac

Earlier this week, Somya Swaminathan, chief scientist at the World Health Organization, revealed that 15 countries in the European Union have recognized the AstraZeneca vaccine made by Serum Institute India as valid evidence of immunity to COVID-19.

“15 countries in the European Union now recognize COVISHIELD for travelers,” said Swaminathan.

Part of this list is also the Netherlands, which decided to learn about the vaccine after it was listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization in early 2021.

The Dutch authorities have declared that for a certificate of vaccination to be valid, it must be issued in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish and must include the following information about its holder:

Name, surname and PIN Proof that the person has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 Name of the vaccine and manufacturer of the vaccine given Date of each vaccine dose Name of the country in which the vaccine was given Name of the vaccination document issuing authority Signature stamp proving the authenticity of the certificate

Regarding the validity of the certificate, it was emphasized that the document would not be valid until 14 days after the completion of the vaccination process.

The Netherlands has already started issuing and verifying certificates since 1 July.

Previously, Dutch authorities announced that since the digital COVID passport is already operational, more flexible rules will apply to travelers from the European Union who wish to enter the country from a high-risk area as well as to vaccinated non-EU citizens.

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