Before the “Digital Covid Certificate”, which will be valid throughout the EU, entered into force, some EU countries, including Germany, Greece and France, opened their doors to Turkish tourists. So which countries accept the Pfizer/BioNTech and/or Sinovac vaccine applied in Turkey? Here is the latest situation by country…
Germany is easing restrictions on third countries for touristic trips and visits from June 25. According to a written statement from the Ministry of the Interior, there are two doses of BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) from those living in countries outside the European Union. This decision of Germany means that those who live in Turkey and have a double dose of the Biontech vaccine can now visit Germany as a tourist.
France, the new type of corona virus (Covid-19) in order to prevent the outbreak of travel restrictions, Turkey has removed from the list of “red countries”. He stated that it has changed from red to orange on the list of travel restrictions. Onaner said, “I wish all travelers a healthy and pleasant holiday.” Thus, the mandatory 10-day quarantine application for passengers traveling from Turkey to France has been lifted. Persons who want to come to France from the countries on the orange list and who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 do not need to indicate a mandatory reason for entering the country, but they must submit a negative test result. If the person has not been vaccinated, one will have to state one of the reasons for compulsory travel upon entry to France, present a negative test result and self-isolate for 7 days.
Spain opened its doors on June 7 for vaccinated tourists from many countries of the world. Those who come from “risk areas”, including many EU countries, say that all doses of their vaccines approved for use by the European Medicines Agency or the World Health Organization (WHO) upon entering Spain were completed at least 14 days ago, that they recovered after suffering from Covid-19, or that They need to prove that they have been tested. It was surprising in Europe that Spain allowed tourists from England to enter regardless of their vaccination status. Most EU citizens now also have to demonstrate immunity to Covid-19 or test results. Strict restrictions apply to those arriving from India. The website “TravelSafe” contains detailed information about travel to Spain.
Greece allows citizens of about 50 countries, including all EU countries, Turkey, USA, Canada, Russia and China, to come to Greece. Those who want to travel to Greece must show a vaccination certificate, a negative PCR test result or show that they have survived Covid-19. The Greek government accepts BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Novavax, JohnsonJohnson, SputnikV, CanSino, Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines, which are also used in Turkey. Greek authorities consider those who took the last dose 14 days ago to be fully vaccinated. Despite this, random rapid testing is foreseen for all passengers at the airports. In addition, a form is required to be filled in at least 24 hours before entering the country. The website “Visit Greece” has detailed information about traveling to Greece.
Southern Cyprus opened its borders on May 25 to tourists from EU and European Economic Area (EEA) countries, as well as Canada, Egypt, Serbia, the UK and the USA. In Southern Cyprus, which implements a traffic light system, those coming from countries in the “orange” or “red” category must comply with the test rules. However, tourists who complete their vaccinations and present a valid vaccination ID are allowed to enter Cyprus, regardless of the category of their country. Southern Cyprus accepts Sputnik V and Sinopharm vaccines as well as vaccines approved by the EMA. The Republic of Cyprus considers those who have received all doses of their vaccines to be vaccinated. Everyone who wants to go to the country has to fill out the “Cyprus Flight Pass” before departure.
According to the Covid-19 map of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, those coming from EU countries in the orange, red or dark red category will be able to go to Croatia if they can document that they have the vaccines accepted in the EU or the Sputnik V vaccine. However, there are different applications depending on the type of vaccine and the dose made. Croatia also allows those who have recovered from Covid-19 or who show test results to enter the country. The same rules apply to non-EU arrivals as long as a payment is made to an accommodation in Croatia. There are no restrictions for countries where the EU proposes the lifting of non-essential travel bans. For those coming from South Africa, Brazil and India, there is a quarantine obligation regardless of their vaccination status. For travel to Croatia, detailed information can be obtained from the country’s tourism page.
Madeira Autonomous Region in Portugal does not require quarantine or testing from tourists. The “Madeira safe to discover” website states that “all official vaccines are accepted”. It is emphasized that the vaccination certificate must be in English and must be issued by official authorities. The vaccination certificate must indicate the type of vaccination and when it was given, as well as the traveler’s identity information. Those who have survived Covid-19 are exempted from testing. Other visitors are asked to take a test. The Madeira government offers free PCR testing to all tourists. In mainland Portugal, most tourists are asked to test negative for Covid-19, regardless of vaccination status.