Covid-19 Vaccine Passport to travel in Europe
The Covid-19 Vaccine Passport for travelling in Europe is becoming a reality. If no global decision has been taken by the European Union, the President of the European Union Commission, Ms Ursula von der Leyen supports the project of a common vaccination certificate and the World Health Organization is working on an international certificate.
Some European countries such as Iceland, Sweden, Denmark but also Greece, Portugal, Spain, are implementing lightened health measures for vaccinated travellers by issuing vaccine passports for their vaccinated citizens and by recognizing vaccine passports / vaccination certificates issued by other EU and non-EU countries.
How to get this Covid-19 Vaccine Passport to travel in Europe?
Whether in digital or paper form, this vaccine passport or proof of vaccination will be issued to you by your country of origin once your vaccine has been made. Its advantage? Allow you to travel without having to do additional Covid-19 tests and without risking being in quarantine.
The Vaccine Passport or vaccination certificate must be validated by the respective country of origin and state the name, date of birth, health number, type and date of the test and vaccines (date of the two doses taken) and respect for the immunization period according to the instructions for each vaccine.
You do not need to be European to travel to Europe thanks to your vaccine passport since many European countries are already committed to recognizing passports issued by other countries at international level.
You are not a priority in your country and have not got vaccinated yet? Simulate the date of your vaccination and plan to be present on these dates to get vaccinated as a priority.
How to travel in Europe without the Vaccine Passport?
The Covid-19 vaccine passport should allow you to avoid other formalities and to travel more easily and freely. If you do not have the chance to get vaccinated before you go on holiday, you are allowed to travel with a negative covid 19 test (carried out max 72 hours before your departure).
Do you want to avoid the destinations most affected by Covid-19 for fear of getting stuck on the spot if your test is positive? Prefer safest destinations in Europe like Madeira, the Azores,… if you are travelling by car, destinations like the Algarve (Portugal), Preveza (Greece) are good choices.
Please note that travelling by car does not exempt you from providing a negative covid-19 test. If the borders are still closed but you absolutely have to go to a European country for your work, countries like Italy, Portugal or Croatia are setting up residence permits for digital nomads. These professional visas will allow you to stay and work in the selected country.
I have already been tested positive and have recovered. Can I travel?
Some destinations like Madeira, Batumi, offer travel facilities for travellers who have already been tested positive and have recovered. You must have tested positive and have recovered max 90 days prior to your departure.
Having caught Covid-19 does not mean you are immune. Having already been tested positive for Covid-19 will probably not be sufficient proof to do without a test or a vaccination certificate to travel to many European countries. Proof of a test showing your past positivity to Covid-19 or showing that you have developed immunity to Covid-19 will be less convincing than a vaccination certificate.
Which countries will issue and recognize this Vaccine Passport and which destinations to favour for your holidays in Europe?
Greece, Sweden, Denmark, Portugal, Israel, Spain, Iceland, Georgia,... are making a positive commitment by setting up Covid-19 Vaccine Passports for their citizens. These countries also undertake to recognize Vaccine passports issued by other countries. These pioneer countries on this subject are therefore to be favoured if you have planned to be vaccinated in the coming weeks.
Their recognition of the vaccination certificate will allow you to avoid additional covid-19 tests and avoid quarantines. If your vaccination is scheduled for the spring, you can already plan your holiday in destinations that are committed to the recognition of the vaccine passport.
Please, note that some vaccines are only effective after 2 doses have been injected. Find below some destinations that have already committed to the recognition of the vaccination certificate or vaccine passport and are ready to welcome travellers with a vaccination certificate.
Destinations open to vaccinated travellers
Recognized as the safest destination last summer, Tbilisi has managed to remain among the destinations least affected by Covid-19 (two times fewer deaths per million inhabitants than Belgium).
Are you looking for culture, nature, well-being, history, gastronomic discoveries or just a city break shopping in a trendy destination awarded among the most trendy destinations in Europe? Tbilisi, Capital of Georgia is the ideal destination for a holiday in 2021.
Georgia very quickly reacted positively to the health crisis with effective and innovative measures. As soon as the number of covid-19 cases dropped and the vaccine became available, this country opened up to vaccinated travellers without quarantine or additional testing.
Once your vaccine is done (1 or 2 doses depending on the type of vaccine), ask the vaccination centre for a certificate of vaccination with your name, address, place and date of the vaccine as well as, if possible, the name of the vaccine used. This document will serve as your vaccine passport and allow you to enjoy freely the beauties and riches of Tbilisi. Citizens of all countries, traveling by air from any country may enter Georgia if they present the document confirming the full course (two doses) of any COVID-19 vaccination at the border checkpoints of Georgia.
Why discover Tbilisi in 2021? Because more than ever we know that we need to enjoy life and that we cannot postpone exceptional trips. Georgia and in particular Tbilisi is both traditional & modern, it is open-minded, cosmopolitan, multi-ethnic, truly unique and authentic. It is time you book your flights to Tbilisi, tours & activities and accommodation at the best price.
How to get there: Book your flights to Tbilisi as well as your tours and activities.
Latest information: mfa.gov.ge
Madeira Islands - Portugal
This destination has remained in the green zone throughout this pandemic thanks to effective health measures. Madeira is considered the safest destination in Europe. If you have been vaccinated or have a negative covid-19 test in hand, this paradise island is for you.
Combining safety & leisure, Madeira is the ideal choice for travellers looking for outdoor, nature, relaxation and wellness activities. The Portuguese government has been making great effort from 2020 to guarantee travellers a safe stay by creating a “safe and clean” label but also by committing to the recognition of a Covid-19 Vaccine Passport for travellers wishing to stay in Portugal.
Madeira is a perfect destination for a honeymoon, a romantic trip or a family trip. Discover the most beautiful beaches of Madeira, the best viewpoints of Madeira as well as the hidden gems of Madeira and the best instagrammable spots in Madeira. Travel serenely and safely this summer. Do you want to change your life and become a digital nomad? Madeira has created the world's first digital Nomad village in Ponta do Sol. Bathed in the sun, facing the ocean, you surf online or on the waves of this famous spot known to surfers. In 2021, treat yourself to an unforgettable holiday, stay in Madeira.
The passport or vaccination certificate must be validated by the respective country of origin and state the name, date of birth, health number, type and date of the test and vaccines (date of the two doses taken) and respect for the immunization period according to the instructions for each vaccine.
How to get there: Book your flights to Funchal as well as your tours and activities.
Where to stay: If you are staying in the north of the island "Quinta do Furao". If you stay in the south “Quinta da Casa branca”.
Latest information: https://madeirasafetodiscover.com
Voted as one of the top 2021 destinations, Kefalonia is one of the most beautiful Greek islands. Less affected by Covid 19 than other European countries, Greece quickly established itself as a safe destination in Europe. It is one of the favoured countries for travellers looking for safety & leisure. With restaurants and cafes reopening from mid-April and a wide range of private accommodation (villas, tourist apartments) and kilometric beaches allowing sanitary distances to be respected, Kefalonia is a perfect destination for a holiday in the sun this year.
During your stay do not miss to visit "Melissani Lake" classified among the best nature wonders of Greece as well as Xi Beach, an orange sand beach classified among the most beautiful beaches in Greece.
Book your flights and accommodation at the best price as well as your transfers, your tours and activities in Kefalonia such as a "Kefalonia: Melissani Lake and Antisamos Beach Private Tour" or a "Flavours of Kefalonia Guided tour".
How to get there: Book your flights to Kefalonia International Airport
Where to stay: "White Rocks Hotel Kefalonia" set on a hilltop with panoramic views over the Sea.
Latest information: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/GRC/7002
9 islands make up this archipelago; it is considered one of the safest destinations in Europe. A 100% nature destination, the Azores is the first choice for people sensitive to sustainable tourism, protection & observation of nature. Much less affected by Covid-19 than some other regions of Europe, the Azores are a perfect choice for a safe holiday whether you are vaccinated or not.
Your proof of vaccination should allow you to avoid additional covid-19 tests or quarantines and enjoy, upon your arrival, beautiful hikes and authentic outdoor experiences in the Azores.
If you have not been vaccinated yet this is not a problem, you will just have to do a preliminary test (less than 72 hours before your flight), no quarantine is imposed, whether you are vaccinated (from 1st July 2021) or have a recent negative test.
Our favourite route? Land in Ponta Delgada (main island of Sao Miguel) and stay 3 nights there, explore the golden triangle: Sao Jorge + Faial + Pico. make sublime hikes, observe whales, dolphins, the wild flora and fauna of these islands where nature reigns supreme. Rejuvenate in complete safety by booking your flights, accommodation and tours and activities in The Azores.
How to get there: Book your flights to Ponta Delgada.
Latest information: https://www.visitazores.com/en/trip-info
Iceland was the first European country to put in place a vaccination certificate. Islanders get a certificate once they have received their two doses of the vaccine. Iceland also recognizes vaccination certificates issued by other European countries (+ Schengen Area).
This summer, treat yourself and breathe pure Icelandic air. Its black sand beaches, its captivating lagoons, its incredible geysers and waterfalls await you. Nature reigns supreme here and this is how it should always be everywhere in the world.
For a safe holiday, think of Iceland. Vaccinated travellers do not need to take an additional Covid-19 test and can enjoy a hassle-free stay in Iceland.
How to get there: Book your flights to Reykjavik as well as your tours and activities.
Where to stay: Discover the best accommodations at the best prices.
Latest information: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/ISL/7002
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