As most countries have started to open for travellers, they have decided to impose restrictions related to the type of vaccine travellers have been immunised with against the COVID-19 disease in order to protect public health as well as facilitate travel.

Consequently, this means that since each country has the right to decide on its rules, depending on the type of the vaccine that travellers have been vaccinated with, they may be allowed or refused entry, VisaGuide.World reports.

Therefore, in order to avoid misinformation, everyone who plans to travel amid the Coronavirus pandemic is advised to verify the validity of their vaccine through the vaccine-checker tool developed by VisaGuide.World. The tool lets everyone check if the country they plan to visit accepts their vaccine as valid proof of immunity.

The Moderna vaccine is the second vaccine that got its approval for use by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The vaccine was officially approved for use back on January 6, 2021, less than a month after the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

Following the approval of the vaccine, EMA said that after careful and strict evaluation, it was concluded that the Moderna vaccine meets all three quality, safety, and efficacy criteria. Therefore, as soon as the vaccine got the green light from EMA, the majority of countries, especially those part of the European Union, decided to recognise the vaccine as well as vaccinate their citizens with it.

In line with the figures provided by the tool that allows checking the validity of the vaccines, tens of countries permit entry to persons who have been vaccinated with the Moderna vaccine. The full list is as follows:

AndorraGuatemalaNigeria
ArgentinaHaitiNorthern Mariana Islands
AustraliaHondurasNorway
AustriaHungaryPakistan
BangladeshIcelandPalau
BelgiumIndiaPhilippines
BhutanIndonesiaPoland
BotswanaIrelandPortugal
Brunei DarussalamIsraelPuerto Rico
BulgariaItalyQatar
CanadaJapanRomania
Cape VerdeKenyaRwanda
ColombiaKuwaitSaint Pierre And Miquelon
CroatiaKyrgyzstanSaint Vincent And The Grenadines
CyprusLatviaSaudi Arabia
Czech RepublicLibyan Arab JamahiriyaSeychelles
DenmarkLiechtensteinSingapore
EgyptLithuaniaSlovakia
EstoniaLuxembourgSlovenia
Faroe IslandsMalaysiaThe Republic of South Korea
FijiMaldivesSpain
FinlandMaltaSri Lanka
FranceMarshall IslandsSweden
French GuianaMartiniqueSwitzerland
French PolynesiaMauritiusTaiwan
GermanyMexicoThailand
GhanaFederated States Of MicronesiaUnited Arab Emirates
GreeceMongoliaUnited Kingdom
GreenlandMoroccoUnited States of America
GuadeloupeNetherlandsVietnam
GuamNew CaledoniaUS Virgin Islands

Is Moderna Accepted in the UK?

The authorities of the United Kingdom had recognised for use all vaccines that have been approved by EMA – Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Johnson & Jonhson.

As a result, this means that all persons who have been immunised with the Moderna vaccine can enter the territory of the UK, even for travel purposes. Except for the EMA-approved vaccines, the UK also recognised Covishield as valid proof of immunity.

Is Moderna Accepted in the US?

The Moderna vaccine is already approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, meaning that all persons who have been immunised with the jab are considered fully vaccinated when entering the US.

However, since the US has been keeping its borders shut for more than a year and a half now and since no system for international travellers has been in place, it is still unclear whether those vaccinated with Moderna would face any entry restrictions when entering the US.

Apart from Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech is another EMA-approved vaccine that is widely recognised worldwide. Up to date, the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has been approved for travel by 124 countries.

As for the vaccines listed under the World Health Organization (WHO) Emergency Use Listing, Sinopharm is most widely recognised after the vaccines that EMA has approved.