Which countries are opening their borders to people vaccinated against Covid-19?


Some countries are now opening their borders to travelers vaccinated against Covid-19. A vaccination passport which is, for the moment, out of the question in France.

If, like 617,715 French people, you were lucky enough to be vaccinated against Covid-19 (with 2 injections, therefore), good news: you can now (re) travel to certain countries whose borders were closed until now .

This is particularly the case of Madeira and Porto Santo islands (Portugal) which now open their doors to travelers who can present a certificate of vaccination against Covid-19 (“stipulating the reception of the 2 doses and the respect of the period of activation of the immune system“) or having contracted Covid-19 during the 90 days preceding the trip. For all other travelers, a recent negative PCR test remains essential.

Since mid-January 2021, tourists who have received their 2 doses of the anti-Covid-19 vaccine can also go to bask in the Seychelles by avoiding the 10-day quarantine imposed (strictly) on all other travelers – regardless of their country of origin. They must nevertheless always present a negative PCR test of less than 72 hours …

A “vaccination passport” for easier travel

The idea of ​​a “vaccine passport” is gaining ground in other states: Georgia announced a few days ago to reopen its borders “without restriction“before the end of February 2021 to tourists who have received their 2 doses of vaccine against Covid-19. Greece and Cyprus recently announced that tourists able to prove their vaccination (again: 2 doses) will be exempt from quarantine measures from March 1, 2021: Greece has already reached an agreement with Israel, allowing Israelis vaccinated against Covid-19 to enter Greece freely … as before the pandemic.

And other countries should follow suit: Denmark, the “corona passport” will soon make it possible to leave the country and attend events (concerts, football matches, etc.); in Sweden, the “vaccination passport” could be imposed within 3-4 months in certain situations; in Thailand, the borders are expected to reopen only for fully vaccinated travelers in October 2021.

Vaccination passport: what does France think? To date, the question of a possible “vaccine passport” in France does not arise: “we are very reluctant […] It is a debate that does not need to be and it would be shocking, while this vaccination campaign is still beginning everywhere in Europe, for there to be more important rights for some than for others. It is not our conception of protection and access to vaccines“declared Clément Beaune, Secretary of State for European Affairs in mid-January 2021 to our colleagues in France Info.

In the current state of vaccination in France, “a corona passport” is in fact premature. It could, moreover, undermine public freedoms by constituting a breach of equality between citizens, but also a disproportionate attack on the freedom to come and go.“add our colleagues from Public Senate.

Source : Ministry of Health

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