16 European Countries Recognise Covishield as Acceptable Vaccine For Entry, Adar Poonawalla Calls it Good News For Travellers

The approval comes at a time when Covishield has been omitted by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for its ‘vaccine passport’ programme that allows free movement of people in and out of Europe.

France on Saturday got on the list of countries that have recognised Covishield, the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute of India, Pune for international travel. It is the 16th EU member to recognise the vaccine for inclusion in the EU green pass, which allows entry to travellers amid COVID-19 pandemic. “It is indeed good news for travellers, as we see 16 European countries recognising Covishield as an acceptable vaccine for entry. However, despite being vaccinated, entry guidelines might vary from country to country,” Adar Poonawalla, CEO, Serum Institute of India said.

The approval comes at a time when Covishield has been omitted by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for its “vaccine passport” programme that allows free movement of people in and out of Europe. This means, Indians vaccinated with Covishield jabs are unlikely to be eligible to travel to the European Union member states under its ‘Green Pass’ scheme, that will be rolled out from July 1, 2021.

Here’s a full list of countries worldwide that have given recognition to Covishield for international travel:

  1. France
  2. Germany
  3. Slovenia
  4. Austria
  5. Greece
  6. Ireland
  7. Estonia
  8. Spain
  9. Iceland
  10. Netherlands
  11. Afghanistan
  12. Antigua and Barbuda
  13. Argentina
  14. Bahrain
  15. Bangladesh
  16. Barbados
  17. Bhutan
  18. Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
  19. Botswana
  20. Brazil
  21. abo Verde
  22. Canada
  23. Côte d’Ivoire
  24. Dominica
  25. Egypt
  26. Ethiopia
  27. Ghana
  28. Grenada
  29. Hungary
  30. Jamaica
  31. Lebanon
  32. Maldives
  33. Morocco
  34. Namibia
  35. Nepal
  36. Nigeria
  37. Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia
  38. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  39. Seychelles
  40. Solomon Islands
  41. Somalia
  42. South Africa
  43. Sri Lanka
  44. Suriname
  45. The Bahamas
  46. Tonga
  47. Trinidad and Tobago
  48. Ukraine
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