With the epidemiological situation starting to improve all over the world and with the vaccination rates increasing every day, most of the countries have decided to allow international travel under certain conditions.
The majority of countries have set entry conditions that are mainly related to the type of vaccine that travelers have been immunized with, meaning that each country’s authorities have the right to allow or deny entry depending on the type of vaccine travelers have been vaccinated with against COVID-19, VisaGuide.World reports.
For this reason, it is suggested that everyone who plans on traveling amid the pandemic checks the validity of their vaccine by using the vaccine-checker tool developed by VisaGuide.World. The tool allows travelers all over the world to verify whether the jab they have been vaccinated with is accepted by their destination country.
The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is the first vaccine that was approved for use by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) back on December 21, 2020.
Back at that time, EMA recommended granting marketing authorization for the vaccine after a rigorous evaluation, through which it was concluded that the jab meets the quality, safety, and efficacy criteria. Fast forward, a large share of countries decided to follow the EMA’s decision and vaccinate their population with the vaccine.
According to the data provided by the vaccine-checker tool, more than a hundred countries allow entry to persons who have been vaccinated with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. The full list of countries is as follow:
|Algeria||Egypt||Libyan Arab Jamahiriya||Portugal|
|Andorra||El Salvador||Liechtenstein||Puerto Rico|
|Antigua And Barbuda||Estonia||Lithuania||Qatar|
|Australia||France||Macedonia||Saint Pierre And Miquelon|
|Austria||French Guiana||Malawi||Saint Vincent And The Grenadines|
|Azerbaijan||French Polynesia||Malaysia||Saudi Arabia|
|Belize||Greenland||Mayotte||The Republic of South Korea|
|Bermuda||Guam||Republic Of Moldova||Sri Lanka|
|Bosnia And Herzegovina||Guyana||Montenegro||Switzerland|
|Botswana||Holy See (Vatican City State)||Morocco||Taiwan|
|Brunei Darussalam||Hong Kong||Nepal||Togo|
|Canada||Iceland||New Caledonia||Trinidad And Tobago|
|Cape Verde||Indonesia||New Zealand||Tunisia|
|Chile||Ireland||Nigeria||Turks And Caicos Islands|
|Colombia||Italy||Northern Mariana Islands||United Arab Emirates|
|Democratic Republic Of The Congo||Jamaica||Norway||United Kingdom|
|Cook Islands||Japan||Oman||United States of America|
|Cyprus||Kosovo||Panama||US Virgin Islands|
|Czech Republic||Kuwait||Papua New Guinea||Wallis And Futuna|
Is Pfizer/BioNTech Approved in the UK?
The United Kingdom had recognized all four vaccines approved for use by EMA – Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty), Moderna (Spikevax), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Johnson & Johnson (Janssen).
Consequently, all persons who have been immunized with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine can enter the UK for travel purposes. Except for the above-mentioned vaccines, the Covishield vaccine has also been approved by the UK’s authorities lately.
Is Pfizer/BioNTech Approved in the US?
The Pfizer vaccine is the first to get full approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). At first, the vaccine got the green light for emergency use only.
However, since the jab proved to be highly effective at preventing Coronavirus disease, the vaccine is now fully authorized for use for those aged 16 and over.
As such, this means that all persons who have been vaccinated with Pfizer will be permitted entry to the US once the country opens for international travelers. However, it is still unclear whether fully vaccinated travelers will face any entry restrictions since no system for international travelers has been in place until now.