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Spain to Shorten Vaccination Certificates’ Validity From February 1

On the recommendation of the European Union Commission, the Spanish authorities announced that from February 1, only certificates of vaccination indicating that a person has been fully vaccinated against the virus within the last 270 days will be recognized.

This means that all people, regardless of their country of origin, who received their last vaccine dose more than nine months ago, will need to have a booster dose to be allowed to enter Spain, TheSchengen.com reports.

However, it has been emphasized that a certificate proving that the holder has received a booster dose will not be recognized until more than 14 days after its submission.

“From February 1, 2022, in order to travel to Spain with a certificate of vaccination, the certificate must be issued by the competent authorities of the country of origin at least 14 days after the date of administration of the last dose of the full course of vaccination, as long as the final dose of that course of vaccination has not Be over 270 days,” says a statement from the official Spanish travel website, Safe Spain.

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Aside from having to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, Spain currently requires all people to fill out a health surveillance form prior to their arrival. Each model is associated with one flight, personal and non-transferable.

Spain is currently classifying countries into different lists based on their epidemiological situation. The two main lists are the risk list and the high risk list.

While travelers from the risk list, which consists of EU countries and the Schengen area, are not required to present an additional document as long as they hold a valid vaccination permit, travelers from high-risk areas must submit a pre-entry test, regardless of their vaccination status.

Similar to Spain, many EU/Schengen area countries have already announced that they will shorten the validity of vaccination certificates.

Dutch authorities set an expiration date on the cards earlier this month. It was announced that as of February 1, only those vaccinated in the range of 270 will be considered fully immunized, indicating that others need to receive a booster dose.

Switzerland also made a similar decision. The Swiss authorities have revealed that they will follow the commission’s recommendation and only recognize vaccination certificates that indicate that the carrier has received the last dose of the vaccine within the past nine months.

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