When the European Union began to loosen restrictions on non-essential travel for third-country nationals who have completed their vaccination process, one of the most curious questions was whether the Chinese Sinovac vaccine, which is widely applied in Turkey, would be accepted.
Although EU countries initially approached this vaccine very distantly, there is an attitude that has begun to change at the current stage. Seven of the EU’s 27 members also allow non-essential travel for those vaccinated.
GREEN LIGHT FROM 7 COUNTRIES
According to the news of Güven Özalp from Hürriyet newspaper, European Union (EU) countries, Spain, Netherlands, Austria, Greece, Bulgaria, Slovenia and Finland, give the green light to the entry of people who have had the Sinovac vaccine, provided that the vaccination process is proven to be completed and the country of origin is not among the high-risk countries.
Turkish citizens who have Sinovac vaccine and completed two doses, visa etc. There is no obstacle for them to travel to these countries, exempt from the restrictions applied to those who are not vaccinated, provided that they meet the conditions. There is a possibility that new countries will be added to these countries in the EU in the coming period.
WHO GIVES APPROVAL FOR EMERGENCY USE
In May, the EU decided that third-country nationals who receive vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or included in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) emergency use list can travel to the EU, except in obligatory circumstances.
EMA approved vaccines are automatically accepted in EU countries. The fact that this vaccine was included in the WHO list was effective in starting the change in the approach towards Sinovac.
EMA, which has previously approved BioNTech/Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna and Johnson&Johnson vaccines, continues the preliminary evaluation process for Sinovac, which was initiated at the beginning of May.
Sinovac vaccine is used by 33 countries including Turkey, especially China. There is no EU country that gives this vaccine to its citizens.
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