As of today, France has opened its doors to Albanian citizens, who have been vaccinated with one of the 4 vaccines that have been recognized by the EMA. France allows the entry of Albanian travelers with biometric passports, who have been vaccinated Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson and in addition to the vaccine they are equipped with a negative PCR test of the last 72 hours.
Vaccines accepted from France are those recognized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA): Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. While in our country 4 types of vaccines are being used: Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Sinovac and Sputnik V.
Vaccination test is valid if it allows to confirm the completion of a full time vaccination, namely:
-2 weeks after the 2nd injection for dual injection vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca);
- 4 weeks after a single injection vaccine (Johnson & Johnson);
- 2 weeks after the injection of people with a history of Covid-19 (only 1 injection required).
As for the Albanians who have not been vaccinated, the restrictive measures continue to remain in force. Unvaccinated citizens must travel only for essential reasons (to go to the spouse, or parents to travel to children with residence permits in France, and students for study purposes) and must have a negative test no older than 72 hours.
France considers Albania in the list of orange countries, ie with a low risk of infection. In recent weeks, Albania has been ranked second in Europe, along with Iceland, for the low number of infections.
The day before, the first agreement was reached between Albania and an EU member state for the mutual recognition of vaccination certificates against COVID. Albania and Hungary decided to recognize all types of vaccines and open the borders for free movement between the two countries, including the reasons for tourism.
Spain decided to open its borders to all tourists coming from outside the EU, including Albania, on the condition that every traveler must be provided with a vaccination certificate, vaccines approved by EMA or WHO. One of the vaccines approved for urgent use by the WHO is the Chinese one, Sinovac, which is being used in our country for mass vaccination.