As air travel slowly picks up around the world, some Trinidadians may be considering planning their trip to Europe.
Travel within the European Union is easier for EU members with a EU digital COVID certificate, however, several EU member countries are open to international travelers who have been fully vaccinated with the Sinopharm vaccine, one of the COVID-19 vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) used in Trinidad and -Tobago.
Here are six EU member countries open to Trinidadian travelers fully vaccinated with the Sinopharm vaccine (among others) *:
According to VisitFinland.com, all fully vaccinated travelers from low risk countries are allowed to enter Finland.
The Finnish border guard states: “People who have received a complete and valid vaccination series may be allowed to enter Finland from any country, provided that at least 7 days have passed since the last dose of vaccine was received. “
The Finnish Institute for Health and Wellness lists COVID-19 vaccines approved by EMA and WHO, including Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca COVISHIELD ™, Sinopharm, Pfizer and Moderna.
2. The Netherlands
Travel to the Netherlands should be made easier with the launch of flights between Trinidad and Tobago and the Netherlands via KLM Airlines.
According to Netherlands government website, travelers from countries not on their “safe list” must be fully vaccinated with a WHO-approved vaccine and show proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
“If you live in a country outside the EU to which the EU entry ban applies, you can travel to the Netherlands if you can present a valid paper vaccination certificate.”
Vaccination requirements should meet the following:
- must have received a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or on the Emergency Use List of the World Health Organization (WHO);
- must be fully vaccinated, i.e. either a single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine or two doses of a WHO approved vaccine, at least 14 days have passed before travel
The vaccination certificate must indicate:
- information identifying the person who has been vaccinated;
- information demonstrating that the person in question has been fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2;
- the name of the vaccine and the name of the manufacturer or marketing authorization holder of each dose of vaccine administered;
- the date each dose of vaccine was administered;
- the name of the country in which the vaccine was administered;
- information identifying the issuer of the vaccination certificate.
Check what is required to travel to the Netherlands here: https://reizentijdenscorona.rijksoverheid.nl/
Travelers who do not have a digital COVID certificate from the EU can still travel to Spain once they have proven that they are fully vaccinated with a WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccine, as well as a negative COVID-19 test result.
Spanish Travel Health Website Says: “If you meet the conditions to enter Spain, you can travel by presenting a document / certificate attesting to vaccination against COVID-19, a negative diagnostic test or recovery against COVID-19, according to the provisions of the legislation in force relating to health checks to be carried out at points of entry into Spain.
“Any vaccine authorized for marketing by the European Union (European Medicines Agency, EMA) and WHO will be accepted. The complete vaccination schedule must be available for the vaccination certificate to be valid.
Travelers must present their vaccination certificate “in a format readable by health control personnel” and proof of a negative COVID-19 test, as well as proof that they have recovered from the virus, if applicable.
If you are transiting through another country, keep in mind that travelers from the following countries are required to undergo a 10-day quarantine (with suspension after the 7th day pending a negative COVID-19 test result): Brazil, South Africa, Botswana, Union of the Comoros, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Peru, India and Colombia.
Austria travel site says travelers from countries not on its safety list can travel to Austria once they can show “full proof of vaccination OR proof of past infection OR negative COVID test”.
However, while the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine is accepted for entry into Austria, the website warns that it is not accepted in hotels and restaurants:
“The following vaccines (including mix-and-match vaccines) are recognized: BioNtech / Pfizer, AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria and Covishield), Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Sinovac and Sinopharm.
“(Please note that this only applies to entering the country. Sinovac / Sinopharm are not valid for entering hotels, restaurants, etc. in Austria.)”
The website states that one is considered fully vaccinated if they have received both doses of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria or Covishield), BioNtech / Pfizer, Moderna, Sinopharm or Sinovac; OR from the 22nd day after the single dose of Johnson & Johnson; OR if you have had a COVID infection and received a vaccination dose (proof of past infection required).
For more information see here: https://www.austria.info/en/service-and-facts/coronavirus-information/entry-regulations
Travelers to Hungary can enter once they can prove “coronavirus immunity by presenting the official ID card … as well as an appropriate official ID to prove personal identity as stated on the immunity card “.
Travelers are also required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test.
More information here: https://visithungary.com/articles/entry-rules-in-force
According to Switzerland State Secretariat for Migration, travelers can enter Switzerland once they can prove that they have been vaccinated “with a recognized vaccine”.
“You will be considered vaccinated if you have been vaccinated with a vaccine that:
- is authorized in Switzerland and has been administered in its entirety in accordance with the recommendations of the FOPH;
- has been authorized by the European Medicines Agency for the European Union and has been administered in its entirety in accordance with the requirements or recommendations of the country in which the vaccination was administered; Where
- has been authorized under the WHO emergency use list and was administered in its entirety in accordance with the requirements or recommendations of the country in which the vaccination was administered. “
“The vaccine must have been administered in full within the past 12 months. Proof of vaccination can take the form of a COVID-19 certificate. If the certificate has not yet been presented, the vaccination must be proven by another appropriate document. This must contain the following information:
- Family name, first names)
- Date of Birth
- Date of vaccination,
- Vaccine used.
For more information, visit their TravelCheck website here: https://travelcheck.admin.ch/home
* Editor’s Note: Country travel policies are continually changing. For the latest up-to-date information, please contact the relevant country’s embassy for the desired travel destination (s) or the country’s official website.