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Croatia and Austria Set A Vaccine ‘Expiry Date’ For Travelers

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Just as many travelers are getting their second shot of the Covid-19 vaccine, some countries in Europe are already setting expiry dates for the vaccine certificates.

Austria is the second country to set an expiry date for Covid-19 vaccine passports after Croatia announced it last month.

Croatia and Austria Set A Vaccine 'Expiry Date' For Travelers

Croatia Becomes First Country To Set Expire Date For Covid-19 Vaccine Passports

Croatia was the first country in Europe to set a maximum validity period of the Covid-19 Vaccination Passport.

Travelers can enter Croatia using a negative test, vaccine passport, or proof of recovery but now they have imposed 210-day expiry date for travelers entering with a vaccine passport.

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According to the government’s announcement, all travelers will be banned from entering without presenting a negative or Covid-19 PCR or rapid antigen test if more than 210 days have passed since they took the second dose of any approved vaccine.

Austria Becomes Second Country To Set An Expiry Date For Covid-19 Vaccine Passports

Austria has become the second country to set an expiry date for Covid-19 vaccine passports.

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Currently, travelers entering Austria must show either a negative Covid-19 test, a vaccine certificate, or proof of recovery.

Yesterday, the country announced that it is putting a maximum validity period of 270 days – around nine months – on proof of vaccination.

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Starting on August 18th, the new rules regarding vaccine certificate validity go into effect according to the Austria tourism board website, which are as follows:

“You are considered “vaccinated” starting on the 22nd day after your first dose, lasting for 90 days from the vaccination date. After the second dose, the validity extends for another 270 days.

Vaccines that only require one dose are valid from the 22nd day after that dose and for 270 days from the vaccination date. This also applies to people who have had COVID before and received only one dose of any vaccine.”

covid-19 health passport

What Does This Mean For Travelers?

This adds another layer of complexity for travelers hoping to travel around Europe using proof of vaccination for entry.

Travelers will need to be mindful of when they got their second (or single) Covid-19 vaccine and check each countries rules to ensure it has not expired.

traveler in airport

For example, if a traveler became fully vaccinated in January of this year, their vaccine certificate would already be expired in Croatia as 210 days (7 months) has passed. If expired, travelers must also present a negative Covid-19 test.

So far, only Croatia and Austria have set an expiry date for vaccine passports, but it would not be surprising to see more European countries following suit.

traveler handing vaccine certificate

It also raises the question of whether travelers should be getting booster vaccines which has been a hot topic this week as it was announced that the United Kingdom may be requiring booster shots for travelers to return without a quarantine.

Today, the Biden administration called for a third Covid-19 shot starting for adults who were fully vaccinated with Pfizer or Moderna, citing the threat from the highly contagious Delta variant and concerns over data showing that initial immunity wanes over time.

The booster shot will be administered about eight months after the second dose for people ages 18 and older, and the U.S. government said it is preparing to offer boosters starting the week of Sept. 20.


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John

Saturday 28th of August 2021

If vaccines are being pushed this much for "saving the world" from this Pandemic... Aren't they supposed to be effective, otherwise, what's the point with getting the shots?

We can chose to keep on being brainless sheep or to wake up.

Sebastian

Friday 20th of August 2021

Booster Shots for „Freedom“ But it’s all a conspiracy theory you know;)

Karl

Thursday 19th of August 2021

I’m fully vaccinated, in favor of restrictions and vaccination passports, am happily travelling Europe right now without PCR tests. but there is a limit to what even I will accept.

I don’t think that I will be getting a booster shot any time soon unless my freedoms are severely restricted. I don’t think setting an expiry date is the right way forward.

Quite disappointed by this but let’s see what happens.

Also, German CovPass certificates are also only valid for 1 year from the issuing date.

So there’s that.

Brenda

Saturday 21st of August 2021

@Karl, You need to do more research the deep kind. I think when you do you will stop feeling that way and come to realize what many have is that they will no longer do any more jabs ever again and protect you our loved ones.

Adam

Saturday 21st of August 2021

@Karl, perhaps you should not keep getting more jabs when they take your freedoms away. It's not how democracy works.

garrytravel

Thursday 19th of August 2021

It's getting pretty murky out there. Croatia is absolutely right to refuse untested vaxed after 7 months as protective against infection falls after 5. (Israeli data points to less than 25% for most age groups). I hope this brings the internal vax passport programs to a halt. Wishful thinking.

Daniel

Thursday 19th of August 2021

I know so many people who got the experimental MRNA gene therapy vaccine in order to travel forever! But I had a feeling the countries would eventually require boosters forever due to the vaccine not being as effective as previously thought. The pathogens will always change and this is a game that can not be won. The inventor of MRNA vaccines Robert Malone is worth listening to people, this is the inventor not the politicians! Do your own research. I continue to travel to Mexico instead of my usual destinations in Europe because I refuse to submit to tyranny. Make travel great again!

Adam

Saturday 21st of August 2021

@Witness, 100%. Glad to see not everyone got totally brainwashed.

Karl

Friday 20th of August 2021

@Daniel, MRNA is not gene therapy. Please get your facts straight.

Witness

Friday 20th of August 2021

@Daniel, thank you for talking sense other people are seriously lacking