As European countries begin to open their borders to vaccinated travelers, Spanish authorities have announced that any of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) will be recognized by the country’s authorities, as evidence of immunity against COVID-19 for incoming travelers.
Thus, this means that Spain recognizes certificates of vaccination as long as the holder has been immunized with one of the following vaccines:
Comirnaty – Pfizer / BioNTech Manufacturing GmbH. Vaxzevria – AstraZeneca AstraZeneca / SK Bio, SK Bioscience Co., Ltd. Ltd. AstraZeneca (Covishield™) Vaccine, Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd. Janssen-Cilag International NV. Spikefax. mRNA-1273), Moderna Biotech Vero Cell – Sinopharm / Beijing Institute of Biological Products Co., Ltd. Sinovac-CoronaVac (Vero Cell), Sinovac Life Sciences Co., Ltd.
“Any vaccine authorized for marketing by the European Union (European Medicines Agency, EMA) and the World Health Organization will be accepted. A complete vaccination schedule must be available for a certificate of vaccination to be valid,” the official health travel portal of Spain noted.
Since Covishield was listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization back in February, Spain is one of the few European Union countries to recognize the vaccine even though the European Union agency responsible for supervising and evaluating medicines has yet to approve it.
The document showing proof of vaccination must be submitted in Spanish, English, French or German and can be submitted to the authorities in electronic or paper format.
In addition, the vaccination certificate must include the following information about its holder:
Name and surname PIN Name of the vaccination Country/city where the vaccine was given Date(s) of vaccination
Regarding the validity of the vaccination certificate, it has been indicated that the document will begin to be valid 14 days after the last dose of the vaccine is given and will remain valid until one year after the date of vaccination, TheSchengen.com reports.
Persons without a vaccination certificate are also allowed to enter Spain provided they present a negative COVID-19 test result or evidence of recovery from the disease.
“You may travel, present a document/certificate of vaccination against COVID-19, negative diagnostic test or recovery from COVID-19, in accordance with the provisions of the current legislation regarding health controls to be implemented at points of entry into Spain,” the travel health portal added.
The EU Digital COVID Certificate, created by the European Union Commission, is a document intended for vaccinated travelers that aims to facilitate free movement within the building.
As of July 1, the certificate is valid in 21 member states and three non-EU/Schengen countries, excluding Ireland.
If you are planning to travel abroad this summer, be sure to check out a new tool developed by VisaGuide.World and check if the vaccine you have been immunized with is recognized in your destination country.