travel to Europe it was always the dream of thousands before the pandemic put aspirations on hold. With the advent of vaccines, a lot has changed, including when traveling to that continent. Along with bureaucratic concerns involving documents such as passports, another question has become constant for tourists: what vaccines are accepted for travel?

Talking about it is risky, as some vaccines are more accepted than others, but the situation is very volatile and changes a lot from one week to the next.

What vaccines are accepted to enter Europe?

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The table below was in effect when this text was published, but we advise readers to constantly update themselves on the daily news portals to have a more defined position.

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Parents Vaccines Accepted in Europe
Germany Pfizer-BioNTech, Janssen (Johnson&Johnson), Moderna, AstraZeneca and Serum Institute of India (CoviShield).
Austria Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria and CoviShield), Janssen (Johnson&Johnson), Moderna, Sinovac (Coronavac) and Sinopharm/BIBP.
Belgium Pfizer-BioNTech, Janssen (Johnson&Johnson), Moderna and AstraZeneca.
Denmark Pfizer-BioNTech, Janssen (Johnson&Johnson), Moderna and AstraZeneca.
Croatia Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Gamaleya, Sinopharm/BIBP and Janssen (Johnson&Johnson).
Spain Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca (including CoviShield), Janssen (Johnson&Johnson) and Sinovac (Coronavac).
Finland Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen (Johnson&Johnson), Sinopharm/BIBP, Serum Institute of India (CoviShield) and Sinovac (Coronavac).
France Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen (Johnson&Johnson).
Netherlands AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, Janssen (Johnson&Johnson), Moderna, Serum Institute of India (CoviShield), Sinopharm/BIBP and Sinovac (Coronavac).
Ireland Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen (Johnson&Johnson).
Italy Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen (Johnson&Johnson).
Portugal Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen (Johnson&Johnson). It is important to emphasize that the decree of the government of Portugal that released the entry of passengers from Brazil - fully vaccinated or not - does not inform whether other immunizations, in addition to those already applied there, are accepted.
Czech republic AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, Serum Institute of India (CoviShield) and Janssen (Johnson&Johnson).
United Kingdom Pfizer-BioNTech, Janssen (Johnson&Johnson), Moderna and AstraZeneca.
Switzerland Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen (Johnson&Johnson), Sinopharm/BIBP, Serum Institute of India (CoviShield) and Sinovac (Coronavac).

Source: Deutsche Welle Brazil

THE reopening of European countries for Brazilian passengers with the two doses of the vaccine, it generated an intense search for the other brands that are, in theory, more easily accepted. Experts, however, are unanimous in saying that such an idea is meaningless, since all immunizations applied reduce the risk of serious cases of coronavirus and hospitalizations. The concept is also rejected from the tourist point of view, since the choice of vaccines by the brand hinders the immunization process and makes it completely difficult to resume activities.

The Economist magazine did a survey at the end of July and published which vaccines are accepted for traveling internationally. According to the vehicle, the vaccines to enter Europe are, until the moment of this article: AstraZeneca (120 countries), Pfizer-BioNTech (90 countries) and Sputnik V (60 countries).

Even so, the watchword is always to check before boarding: while countries like Germany, Spain, France, Finland, Portugal and Switzerland have already announced that they allow the entry of fully vaccinated Brazilian tourists, there are still countries like Ireland that authorize the any Brazilian traveller, fully vaccinated or not.

Portugal removed the need for quarantine for those coming from Brazil and started to accept non-essential travel (such as sightseeing or vacations). But the traveler must present proof of carrying out a molecular laboratory test (RT-PCR) or rapid antigen test with a negative result. And this must be done within 72 or 48 hours prior to departure.

One of the vaccines accepted by the EMA (European Medicines Agency) is AstraZeneca, but there are countries that restrict the version applied here. The World Health Organization (WHO) has given emergency use authorization for Covishield, the AstraZeneca version of the immunizer, manufactured by the Serum Institute in India. Even so, the European agency insists on not approving.

To find out which version of the vaccine you took, use the Conect SUS app and request the vaccination certificate, a document that bears the correct name of the vaccine applied (Covishield or Covishield Fiocruz, as well as AstraZeneca Fiocruz). The certificate of the complete cycle of immunizations can be issued in one of three languages: Portuguese, Spanish and English.

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