Serum Institute of India (SII)’s chief Adar Poonawalla expressed his happiness when he learnt that after many speculations over travel rules for those vaccinated by Serum developed Covishield vaccine, France has allowed visitors to enter after being fully vaccinated by India made version of AstraZeneca Covid vaccine.
“It is indeed good news for travelers, as we see sixteen European countries recognizing COVIDSHIELD as an acceptable vaccine for entry. However despite being vaccinated, entry guidelines might vary from country to country, so do read up before you travel,” Poonawalla said on Twitter quoting a news report.
Several other EU countries already accept the Indian version, which is notably used in the U.K. and around Africa. The varied rules from each country have further complicated this summer’s travel season.
However, with France’s nod, now 16 European countries have currently have given a “green pass” to travelers who are vaccinated with Covishield.
The countries are Switzerland, Iceland, Austria, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Netherland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Belgium and newly added France.