The Netherlands has become the 8th European Union country to recognize the India-made Covishield vaccine as a valid proof of vaccination.

The Covishield vaccine, prepared by the Serum Institute of India (SII), was not previously approved by the European Union. Fully vaccinated travellers can travel to EU countries, as long as they are not travelling from a country area at very high risk due to the presence of the new covid variant.

According to the Netherlands government website, CoviShield is now a part of approved vaccines with Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer-BioNtech. Earlier, EU countries including Iceland, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Greece, Ireland, Estonia and Spain confirmed that they were accepting Covishield for travel entry.

Earlier there were apprehensions that people in India who have received the CoviShield and Covaxin vaccines are not eligible to travel to EU states under its 'Green Pass' scheme. An EU Digital COVID Certificate or 'Green Pass' is mandatory for travel to European countries. The digital document will serve as proof of vaccination.

The 27-member EU introduced the EU Digital covid-19 Certificate to facilitate safe free movement during the pandemic. This pass has become effective from July 1, 2021.


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