So far, France has only recognized vaccines approved by the EMA – Pfizer (Comirnaty), Moderna, AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria) and Jonhson & Jonhson (Janssen), reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
However, France has now become the 14th EU member state to allow entry of all travelers who have been immunized with the Covishield vaccine.
In addition, the French authorities have announced that people who have received the second dose of the vaccines in two injections (Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna) will now be considered fully vaccinated after one week, thus shortening the frame after the second dose of 14 days. at seven o ‘clock.
Besides France, Indian clinician who holds the post of chief scientist at the World Health Organization (WHO) Soumya Swaminathan previously claimed that 15 countries, of which 13 are members of the EU and two other countries of the Schengen area, have already recognized the product made in India. vaccine.
The list of countries that have recognized the Covishield vaccine includes Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Citizens of Canada and the UK will mainly benefit from France’s recent move, as thousands of them who were immunized with the Covishield vaccine faced restrictions upon entering the western European country. .
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In addition, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced new rules for arrivals from several countries. Thus, since July 18, unvaccinated travelers entering France from Portugal, Spain, Cyprus, the Netherlands and Greece are required to present before boarding a negative PCR or test result. antigen produced within 24 hours before departure.
Changes have also been made regarding arrivals from the UK. As with arrivals from the countries mentioned above, all unvaccinated travelers arriving from the UK are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result taken less than 24 hours before departure.
“Fully vaccinated travelers are no longer subject to restrictions on traveling to or from France, regardless of the country of departure. However, we strongly advise against traveling from France to countries on the “red” list “, the ministry statement reads.
Previously, France recorded record vaccination appointments as the country’s president, Emanuel Macron, announced that restaurants, cafes, shopping malls, hospitals and trains would no longer be allowed to allow entry of people without COVID health card.
If you are planning to visit France in the summer of 2021, be sure to check the country’s measures and the current coronavirus situation.