Everything to know: Travel to European countries from India

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The Swiss embassy has recently lifted its travel restrictions, and Indians fully vaccinated with Covishield can visit Switzerland, but the country does not accept Covaxin.

Several European countries and member states of the ECU Union are very grateful to welcome the Serum Institute of India’s Covishield of Green Pass. However, India’s travel restrictions have not been lifted.

The European Union has issued a digital Covid certificate, also known as Green Pass today, which includes only four vaccines – Comirnaty Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna, Vaxzervria developed by AstraZeneca-Oxford and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen. Only those vaccinated with these vaccines will get this pass and will not be allowed to travel with EU people during the epidemic.

India on Wednesday called on ECU Union member states to believe in allowing Indians to take Covishield and Covaxin individually.

The government also said that when Covishield and Covaxin are included in the EU Digital Covid certificate, and India’s Co-Win vaccination certificate is accepted, India will also accept the EU Digital Covid certificate and provide an exemption from official detention.

A spokesman for the German Embassy in India, Walter J Lindner, clarified that Germany already considers Covishield as official evidence of the anti-Covid vaccine as Covishield is just another similar drug (Vaxzervria) AstraZeneca-Oxford) approved by the ECU Union.

Switzerland, not an EU nation, has announced that it’d accept fully vaccinated third-country nationals (CHE, EU and WHO) from June 26.

“The Swiss embassy in New Delhi is currently accepting all visa applications from third parties such as India. Which would indicate that they should be fully vaccinated,” the ambassador said.

Travel to Europe from India

This aligns with the country-specific guidelines as Switzerland now allows the Covishield Indians to be fully vaccinated. But several other European countries, including Germany, haven’t lifted the restrictions from India. And thus, the condition may remain there a couple of times.

Europe and Covishield

It is a mistake to say that Covishield is not allowed in Europe. In many European countries, Covishield is known as the official vaccine against Covid-19. The EU has not yet included it in its Green Pass as the Covishield Serum Institute of India producers have not worked for the ECU Medicines Agency.

The European Union also made it clear that the Green Pass is for travel within EU countries and not outside. EU member nations have the availability to approve Covishield because it’s WHO-approved individually.

Will Covishield be included in the EU’s Green Pass?

Serum Institute of India chief executive Adar Poonawalla said EMA accreditation has now been implemented, and it is now a matter of your time.

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