Corona and travel: vaccination certificate expires – when is booster needed?

Vaccination certificate expires: when do travelers need the corona booster?

  • Travel without booster vaccination will be prohibited from 1. February more complicated.
  • The validity of the digital EU vaccination certificate in Germany and many countries in Europe is shortened.
  • But the time frames are far from uniform.

Most states rely on booster vaccinations to refresh Corona protection. Travelers also need to brace for impact; second spike soon won’t be enough. Because: without boosters, EU vaccination certificates are not valid from 1. February no later than nine months after basic immunization invalid.

This has been determined by the EU Commission, taking into account the guidelines of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Accordingly, a booster should be given no later than six months after completion of the first vaccination series. After that, people should have a three month buffer to get the booster.

This is how long the Corona vaccination is valid in Germany

Germany follows the regulations: The validity of the digital corona vaccination certificate was extended to 1. February shortened from twelve months to 270 days (nine months). With the booster vaccination, they are currently valid for an unlimited period of time from the day of the spike.

In other countries it is much more complicated, they deviate from the regulation and have now issued partly different validity periods of the EU Covid certificate. In some places, travelers may be vaccinated from 1. February still enter country without booster, but no longer check into hotel or visit restaurant. An overview.

Booster vaccination required earlier in many countries

In France must travelers over 65 years already since the 15. December after six months to be boosted, so that the digital vaccination certificate remains valid. For all other travelers 18 years of age and older, the basic immunization must have been completed no more than seven months ago, at which time the booster immunization. Entry is possible under the 3G rule, but in the country itself the new vaccination certificate "Pass Vaccinal" plays a major role. With it, people prove complete vaccination or recovery. Only vaccinated or recovered people are allowed to visit places of public life (gastro, culture, long-distance transport). Tourists can use the digital vaccination certificate for this purpose.


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In Greece Vaccination certificates of persons who have not received booster vaccination within seven months of the completed vaccination will lose their validity from 1. February their validity for use within the country, informs the Foreign Office. In the country, for example, the 2G rule takes effect for access to indoor areas of certain establishments, such as restaurants. Free entry will only be granted at pharmacies and grocery stores. For entry into Greece, all travelers (including convalescents and vaccinated persons) must present a negative PCR test (maximum 72 hours old) or rapid antigen test (maximum 24 hours).

Also within Italy’s the duration of the green certificate will expire on 1. February shortened to six months, according to the embassy in Berlin. For many areas of public life (including public transportation, hotels, and restaurants), 2G proof (in Italy, "Super Green Pass") is required for persons twelve years of age and older. Also entry is only possible with a 2G proof, additionally a negative Corona test is required. However, the EU Covid certificate remains valid for nine months for the purpose of entry only.

Also for the entry to Austria Covid vaccination certificates are valid from 1. February 2022 still valid for 270 days, writes the country’s public health portal. However, without a booster, PCR test proof is required, otherwise quarantine is imminent. In addition, even after the first series of vaccinations (two vaccinations or recovery + one vaccination), the so-called green passport in Austria should only be valid for 180 days, i.e. six months. The booster vaccination certificate (three vaccinations or recovery + two vaccinations) should be valid for 270 days. For the leisure sector in Austria, 2G applies almost everywhere, whether in hotels, restaurants or ski lifts.

Proof of full vaccination protection against Covid-19 remains in Cyprus Valid for 213 days, or about seven months, after last vaccination. This is what the monitoring company A3M writes.

In these EU countries, the digital Corona vaccination certificate runs from 1. February after nine months: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden.

How travelers check the validity of their vaccination

Digital detections are now recognized and used in 60 countries and regions, including outside the EU, according to the Commission. In total, more than 807 million certificates have already been issued in the European Union.

Those who want to check whether their proof of vaccination is recognized in their destination country before traveling can use the "Check for travel" feature in the Covpass or Corona alert app. Destination and date of entry can be selected there, for many countries it is then displayed whether the certificate is valid.

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