Similar to other European Union countries and the Schengen area, Poland has also decided to open its borders to travelers with the EU Digital COVID-19 certificate.
However, it has been announced that not all vaccines are considered valid evidence of vaccination.
According to a press release from the Polish government, it has been revealed that the country only recognizes vaccines that have been approved for use by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), TheSchengen.com reports.
Therefore, this means that only the vaccines listed below are recognized as valid proof of vaccination in Poland:
Pfizer / BioNTech (Comirnaty) AstraZeneca EU (Vaxzevria) Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) Moderna (Spikevax)
Based on the same press release, it was noted that a person is not considered fully vaccinated until at least 14 days have passed since the last dose of the vaccine. In addition, the vaccination must be issued in line with the EU COVID-19 digital certificate and must be submitted in Polish or English.
“The vaccination must be certified by an EU digital COVID certificate or other document, in Polish or English, confirming vaccination with an EU-authorized vaccine,” the government statement read.
Regardless of the mode of transport, all fully vaccinated travelers are exempt from the ten-day quarantine requirement currently in force in Poland.
Earlier in July, Somaya Swaminathan, an Indian clinical scientist serving as the chief scientist for the World Health Organization (WHO), revealed that with the exception of EMA-approved vaccines, at least 15 countries in the European Union have recognized the use of the Covishield vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India.
However, Poland is part of the group of countries that do not recognize such a vaccine because it is not authorized in the European Union.
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