Permitting entry for travellers who have been fully vaccinated has become a norm for countries all over the world in a bid to contain the further spread of the virus as well as protect public health.

However, being vaccinated against the COVID-19 disease and being vaccinated with a vaccine that a destination country accepts as valid proof of immunity have turned out to be two separate issues.

As such, the excitement of travellers regarding the reopening of international travel has faded due to the fact that some countries permit entry only to those who have been immunized with a limited number of COVID-19 vaccines, VisaGuide.World reports.

In order to avoid any discomfort, everyone is encouraged to check which vaccines the country they plan on visiting accepts. VisaGuie.World has created a vaccine-checker tool that allows travellers worldwide to verify if the vaccine they have been immunized with against the disease is recognized as valid proof of immunity by their destination country.

Based on the data provided by the vaccine-checker tool, up to date, tens of countries permit entry to travellers who have been vaccinated with the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine. The list of all countries that accept Sputnik V is as follows:

Antigua And BarbudaIndiaOman
ArmeniaIraqPalestinian Territory
BelarusKyrgyzstanRussian Federation
BoliviaLaosSaint Vincent and the Grenadines
BrazilLebanonSan Marino
CameroonLibyan Arab JamahiriyaSerbia
Cape VerdeMacedoniaSeychelles
CroatiaMaliSri Lanka
CyprusMauritiusSyrian Arab Republic
EcuadorRepublic Of MoldovaTurkey
GabonMontenegroUnited Arab Emirates

The Sputnik V vaccine hasn’t yet been approved for use by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or World Health Organization (WHO), meaning that the majority of the European countries do not accept the vaccine as valid proof of immunity.

The vaccine has applied for WHO’s approval back in February, but since the vaccine has not met the requirements, its approval has been suspended for an unknown period.

As a result, until all the required data regarding the manufacturers of the vaccine is provided, the vaccine will not be part of the group of other vaccines that EMA and WHO have already approved.

Is Sputnik V accepted in the UK?

The Sputnik V vaccine is not accepted as valid proof of immunity in the United Kingdom. The UK has only recognized the four vaccines that have been approved by EMA – AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson. AstraZeneca Covishield, AstraZeneca Vaxzevria and Moderna Takeda, are also accepted.

Consequently, all persons who have been fully or partially vaccinated with Sputnik V are not eligible to travel to the UK without being subject to entry restrictions.

Is Sputnik V accepted in the US?

After keeping strict entry measures in place, the authorities of the United States announced earlier last week that they would soon remove the entry restrictions for travellers who have been fully vaccinated.

However, since the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved the Sputnik V vaccine yet, travellers who have been immunized with the jab will most definitely be denied entry to the country. Still, an official statement regarding the matter hasn’t been given yet since the US has not had a system for international travelers.

Previously, VisaGuide.World reported that Sinopharm is the most widely recognized vaccine after those approved by EMA.

In contrast, regarding the EMA-approved vaccines, Pfizer/BioNTech is recognized by hundreds of countries. Until now, 124 countries have accepted Pfizer/BioNTech as valid proof of immunity.