As the travel industry heads to normality, travel restrictions are changing all the time.
With that said, we know multiple nations are enforcing a time limit on vaccine validity. As a result, we’re witnessing nations make booster shots mandatory to be classed as fully vaccinated.
The United Kingdom just added the booster shots to the NHS COVID Pass, and the British government is reportedly considering booster shots for travel. The U.S government backed a booster short of the Pfizer vaccine for Americans aged 65 and older on September 24.
Here are some of those nations already requiring or are about to require booster shots:
France will class travelers over the age of 65 as unvaccinated if they haven’t received their booster by December 15th. Last week, Emmanuel Macron announced citizens and travelers must have had a booster shot six weeks and five months after their second shot.
Travelers over 65 without the booster shots can still enter France, however, they will be unable to enter many of France’s indoor venues.
Since August 9th, visitors to all France restaurants and any venue accommodating over 50 people required the Pass Sanitaire, which is a proof of vaccination QR code.
The French government stated, “The French Government has announced that from 15 December, those who are 65 and over and who have been fully vaccinated for more than six months and five weeks will need to demonstrate that they have received an approved Covid-19 booster injection in order to access the ‘pass sanitaire’ in France. We will update this page with further information when it becomes available.”
Croatia was the first nation worldwide to announce a maximum vaccine validity in August. Travelers must present proof of vaccination that’s not older than 365 days.
Therefore, any traveler who received their second vaccine dose in early 2021 will require booster shots or face further COVID-19 restrictions from early next year.
Croatia will give travelers the option of the following alternatives:
- A negative COVID-19 antigen not older than 48 hours
- A negative PCR test result not older than 72 hours
- A doctor’s certificate of recovery from COVID-19
Austria—a nation that’s hit the headlines for making vaccines compulsory for all citizens today—has declared full vaccination status will expire nine months after the second dose. The rule began on November 8, 2021.
You’ll need booster shots If you want to enter restaurants, bars, and entertainment spaces 9 months after your final vaccine dose. Austria has one of the lowest vaccine rollouts in the Western world.
Israel reopened to international visitors in the summer after having one of the world’s fastest vaccine rollouts. However, the nation now states all travelers fully vaccinated over 180 days ago will require booster shots.
What’s more, visitors will need to wait until 14 days after their booster shot dose to enter. Israel won’t allow entry to any tourists who received their final vaccine dose over 180 days ago.
Switzerland won’t recognize travelers as fully vaccinated 365 days after their second vaccine dose. However, Switzerland’s regulations for the COVID-19 certificate are in line with European Union regulations. Therefore, travelers can still enter without the Swiss vaccine passport.
But without the vaccine passport, travelers won’t be able to enter many indoor spaces, including bars, restaurants, and indoor tourist attractions.
Greece has increased COVID-19 restrictions this week and made the vaccine passport mandatory for indoor spaces, including bars, restaurants, and cafes.
In addition, anyone over 60—including tourists—must get their booster shot within the next month or they won’t qualify for the vaccine passport. The Greek Prime Minister is pushing the EU to make the booster shots mandatory if travelers want to use the EU’s digital health pass in the future.
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