Health passes in Europe

European countries started to introduce sanitary passes to allow you freedom of movement on their territories and in particular to travel by train. 

Please find below the concerned countries and the details.

Europe

Please find below the list of vaccines accepted in the European Union with details.

  • Seven days after the second shot for two-shot vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca (Vaxevria and Covishield));
  • Four weeks after the shot for one-shot vaccines (Johnson & Johnson);
  • Seven days after the shot for vaccines administered to people who have already had COVID-19 (only one dose is necessary).
    Only vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) (Pfizer (Comirnaty), Moderna, AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)), or AstraZeneca (Covishield) will be accepted.

You can find all the details of Europe 'Re-Open' campaign here 

The COVID-19 vaccines currently approved for use in the UK are:

  • Moderna vaccine
  • Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine
  • Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine
  • Janssen vaccine (available later this year)

France

Since August 9, it is compulsory to show a valid sanitary pass or equivalent third country certification when travelling around France by trains.

Please find here all the official information from the French government about how to access the sanitary pass required to allow you freedom of movement within the country.

The pass must prove one of the three following items:

  • That you are fully vaccinated (with an EMA-approved vaccine):Moderna vaccine, Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, Janssen vaccine
  • OR that you have been tested (PCR or antigen) with a negative result within the last 72hrs;
  • OR that you have recovered from COVID-19, attested by a positive PCR or antigen test result, at least 15 days and no more than 6 months old.

Italy

Since August 6th, 2021, Italy has implemented the extended use of a Sanitary Pass (called Green Pass) to limit the spread of Coronavirus. You may be asked to show your pass or proof of an equivalent COVID-19 Status at restaurants, department stores or at events and venues in Italy. Starting from September 1st, it will be compulsory to show a valid sanitary pass when travelling around Italy by trains or any other longhaul transportation including buses and ferries.

Please find here all the official information from the Italian government about how to access the sanitary pass required to allow you freedom of movement within the country.

The pass/equivalent document must prove one of the three following items:

  • That you are fully vaccinated (with an EMA-approved vaccine):Moderna vaccine, Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, Janssen vaccine 
  • OR that you have been tested (PCR or antigen) with a negative result within the last 72hrs;
  • OR that you have recovered from COVID-19, attested by a positive PCR or antigen test result, at least 15 days and no more than 6 months old.

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom has implemented the NHS COVID Pass. You may be asked to show your pass to travel, or at events and venues in the United Kingdom asking for proof of your COVID-19 status.

Please find here all the official information from the English government about how to access the sanitary pass required to allow you freedom of movement within the country.

The pass must prove one of the three following items:

  • To be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine used in the UK.
  • OR that you have a negative PCR test or rapid lateral flow test within the past 48 hours.
  • OR that you have positive PCR test within the past 6 months.

Switzerland

Swiss federal government is implementing health pass for travellers entering Switzerland.

  • All vaccinations on the European Medicine Agency (EMA) list are now recognized: Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca. Switzerland also recognizes mix & match of these vaccinations.
  • The Cantons of Switzerland will provide a portal to receive a Swiss vaccination certificate. The portal should be operational by 10 October 2021.
  • Until 10 October 2021, a simple proof of vaccination (the document issued by your local authorities when vaccinated abroad, or vaccination stamp in the yellow WHO booklet) will be sufficient to enter venues in Switzerland that mandate the Swiss COVID certificate.
  • As of 13 September 2021, all passengers aged 16 and over must present a valid COVID certificate before starting their journey on the Glacier Express. The certificate documents a COVID vaccination, recovery from the illness or a negative test result. A test result without a certificate is not sufficient.
  • For travelers outside the EU/EFTA Countries, a COVID vaccination certificate together with a passport is aslo accepted. The vaccine must be approved by the Federal Office of Public Health FOPH.