Which countries can be visited depending on the COVID-19 vaccine received and in which cases is the fourth dose necessary?

A woman arrives at Barajas airport in Madrid. EFE / Fernando Villar

In the last days, countries around the world have started lifting restrictions on international travel. As this media has already reported, 10 nations have chosen this path, deciding to stop requiring travelers to undergo vaccination and/or Covid-19 detection tests, among which the United Kingdom, Ireland, Mexico, Norway, Iceland, Hungary, Romania, Mongolia, Yemen and Gabon.

However, and despite the fact that severe cases of coronavirus continue to decline, The vast majority of countries around the world continue to require vaccines as one of the essential entry requirements to enter their territory. This is the case for most European countries, the United States, regional destinations and the world.

The UK is the strongest economy that has decided to lift all travel restrictions related to Covid-19.  REUTERS/May James
The UK is the strongest economy that has decided to lift all travel restrictions related to Covid-19. REUTERS/May James

As is well known, More than 6 million Argentines have received the Sputnik-V vaccine, of Russian origin, which is not recognized by some countries. For this reason, a few days ago the Ministry of Health announced that Argentines who have received this vaccine and who must travel abroad have the right to receive a fourth dose of a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). To access it, they must justify with the plane ticket and declare the reason for the trip, whether for recreational, family, humanitarian, professional, study, religious or other reasons.

In this context, Infobae relieved the Entry requirements for the main destinations in the world according to the type of vaccine obtained:

United States

To enter the United States, Argentines must be vaccinated with an inoculant recognized by the WHO or the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA, for its acronyms in English), namely: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Sinopharm, Sinovac, Bharat. The country does not accept other vaccines such as Sputnik-V.

Those who have two doses of Sputnik-V and want to enter the United States must apply for the fourth dose.  REUTERS/Lukas Barth
Those who have two doses of Sputnik-V and want to enter the United States must apply for the fourth dose. REUTERS/Lukas Barth

So, Argentines who have received two doses of Sputnik-V and wish to enter the United States must apply for the application of a WHO-approved fourth booster doseprovided they receive a third dose of an equally recognized inoculum.

In other words, to enter the United States, it doesn’t matter if you have one or two Sputnik-V vaccines, but what will count is having two applications of a recognized inoculant.

Brazil

One of the most famous regional destinations among Argentines allows entry to travelers provided they can prove they have the full vaccination schedule of any recognized vaccine in the country that issued the vaccination certificate, e.g. National Health Surveillance Agency or the World Health Organization. In other words, everyone vaccinated in Argentina will meet this requirement.

Health control equipment at La Palma airport, Spain.  EFE / Cati Cladera
Health control equipment at La Palma airport, Spain. EFE / Cati Cladera

Spain

To travel to one of the most famous destinations in Europe for Argentines, it is necessary to be vaccinated with a vaccine recognized by the WHO and the European Medicines Agency (EMA), namely: Pfizer-BionTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Novavax, Sinopharm, Sinovac and Covaxin.

However, Argentines will be able to enter Spain if they have two doses of Sputnik-V and a third of one of the aforementioned vaccines. It is the fourth dose would not be strictly necessary to travel to Iberian country.

Germany

For its part, Germany demands that there be a vaccination certificate against Covid-19 attesting that the traveler is vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the Paul Ehrlich Institute, among them are Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna.

Nothing has been said by the German authorities about the Russian vaccine, therefore, Those who have this vaccine and wish to travel to Germany avoiding quarantine, must yes or yes require the fourth dose that the nation’s Ministry of Health has activated.

Germany also does not recognize Sputnik-V.  EFE/EPA/FILIP SINGER/Archives
Germany also does not recognize Sputnik-V. EFE/EPA/FILIP SINGER/Archives

France

The last thing France did vis-à-vis Argentina was to put it back on its list of “green countries”, which means that accepts entry of Argentines vaccinated with Sputnik-V As long as they present a negative PCR test result performed within 72 hours prior to the flight, a negative antigen test made within 48 hours of shipment or you can also present a positive test for Covid-19 and a medical release that certifies that the traveler has already had the disease between 11 and 180 days.

consider fully vaccinated As long as you have both doses of AstraZeneca, Covishield, Moderna, Pfizer, Fiocruz, R-Covi or Nuvaxovid; or that he has the only dose of Johnson & Johnson; or have both doses of Sinopharm, Sinovac, or Covaxin plus a booster dose of Pfizer or Moderna.

It is requesting the fourth dose to enter France is not strictly necessary, but it would serve to be considered a vaccinated traveler and to avoid Covid-19 detection tests.

A group of young people walk around wearing a mask in Paris, with the Eiffel Tower in the background.  EFE/EPA/IAN LANGSDON
A group of young people walk around wearing a mask in Paris, with the Eiffel Tower in the background. EFE/EPA/IAN LANGSDON

Italy

For its part, the Italian government has ordered that since March Argentines can enter the country as long as they meet one of these conditions:

a) Complete vaccination with inoculant authorized by the EMA (Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Novavax, Moderna and AstraZeneca), which were applied up to 9 months before the date of entry.

b) Complete vaccination with inoculant authorized by the EMA plus a booster dose (booster).

vs) Elevated from Covid-19less than 6 months.

D) Negative PCR test result made by direct debit within 72 hours of entering Italy or negative antigen test completed within 48 hours of entering the country.

Similar to the French situation, Those who have been vaccinated with Sputnik-V and want to avoid testing for SARS CoV-2 should apply the fourth dose.

Italy allows the entry of Argentinians who have been vaccinated or who can prove that they are not carriers of the disease.  (Photo by Stefania D'Alessandro/Getty Images)
Italy allows the entry of Argentinians who have been vaccinated or who can prove that they are not carriers of the disease. (Photo by Stefania D’Alessandro/Getty Images)

Portugal

To enter the country it will also be necessary to present a WHO-approved vaccination scheduleso the Argentinians those vaccinated with Sputnik-V must use the fourth dose to be able to enter without problems.

Greece

The Mediterranean country appears as the first on this list to accept the Sputnik-V vaccine, as well as others that have been applied and are being applied in Argentina. Additionally, they require a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours of travel.

Australia

Another of the countries that recognized Sputnik-V vaccines It’s Australia, so Argentines only have to present a previously carried out coronavirus detection test -72 hours in advance in the case of PCR or 24 hours in advance in the almost antigenic tests – and their complete vaccination schedule to travel to the country.

Australia recognizes Russian inoculant Sputnik-V.  Photo: Pixabay
Australia recognizes Russian inoculant Sputnik-V. Photo: Pixabay

Chili

Like Australia and Greece, also accepts entry of travelers vaccinated with the Russian inoculant, and request that the certificate of said vaccination be validated on an official website in Chile. AIn addition, you must present a PCR test for the detection of Covid-19 and you must imperatively have contracted a medical insurance with a coverage of a minimum of 30,000 dollars. to cover illness-related expenses.

Uruguay

River Plate neighbor also accepts Argentines vaccinated with Sputnik-V and other inoculants, and further requires that a previously performed Covid-19 detection test be presented and that there is health coverage that includes expenses related to the pandemic disease.

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