As the majority of citizens within European countries have either been vaccinated or are currently waiting to do so, and with borders open for travelers within European countries, the Norwegian authorities have announced a list of vaccines that are valid proof of immunity against COVID-19.
Similar to other Schengen area countries and EU countries, Norway has also opened its borders to travelers with a valid EU Digital COVID-19 certificate.
However, it has been emphasized that not all vaccines are valid evidence of immunity to disease, TheSchengen.com reports.
In line with a press release from the Ministry of Health and Welfare Services, Norway only recognizes vaccines that have been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
Accordingly, only the four vaccines listed below are recognized as valid evidence of vaccination in Norway:
Pfizer / BioNTech (Comirnaty) AstraZeneca EU (Vaxzevria) Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) Moderna (Spikevax)
The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has recommended that only EMA-approved vaccines be registered with SYSVAK. This will apply no matter where in the world vaccine doses are given. We have information about the quality, safety and effect of EMA-approved vaccines, and all vaccines used in Norway require EMA approval,” the ministry statement.
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According to the same press release, it was confirmed that a person is not considered fully immunized until more than a week after the second dose of the vaccine.
With regard to the validity of the vaccination certificate, it has been noted that its technical validity is limited to a maximum of 90 days after the last download when the certificate is used in digital form.
“Even if your full or protected status lasts longer than 90 days, you will need to either download it or print it again after 90 days in order to obtain a new valid certificate,” the authorities added.
For those planning to travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new tool developed by VisaGuide helps travelers check if the vaccine they have been vaccinated with is acceptable in the country they wish to visit.
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Yesterday on August 12, TheSchengen.com reported that Norway now recognizes COVID-19 passports issued by the NHS in England and Wales.
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