Argentina is already considered a “safe country” to travel to Germany and Spain: what will the other European countries do

Germany and Spain added Argentina to their “safe countries” lists. EFE / EPA / ANDY RAIN / Archive

As already reported Infobae, the European Union (EU) recommended to its member countries that they lift the entry restrictions for Argentine citizens, and residents of the country, whether or not they are vaccinated against Covid-19.

Sources from the German embassy confirmed to this medium that the German country listened to the recommendation and Argentines and residents of Argentina can now travel to the country without the need to have the complete vaccination scheme.

Of course Certain preventive measures against coronavirus are still in force, such as PCR tests performed within 72 hours prior to travel, but it will no longer be necessary to be vaccinated with an inoculant approved by the Paul-Ehrlich Institute, the body that decides which vaccines Germany recognizes, namely: Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson y AstraZeneca.

This is good news for Argentines and residents vaccinated with Sinopharm or Sputnik-V, who are still awaiting approvals from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

From now on, unvaccinated Argentines will be able to travel to Germany for tourism.  REUTERS / Fabrizio Bensch
From now on, unvaccinated Argentines will be able to travel to Germany for tourism. REUTERS / Fabrizio Bensch

Similar is the case of Spain, sources from the country’s Embassy in Argentina informed this medium that the Spanish Ministry of the Interior updated its regulations and Argentina is already included among the safe countries, so that from now on its “residents are not affected by the temporary restriction of non-essential travel to the EU across the external borders.” That is trips to Spain can be made without a “special” reason.

Argentines who are going to enter Spain must only complete the “Health Control Form” and obtain a QR code that must be presented at boarding and at health controls upon arriving in the Iberian country. It will not be necessary to comply with other requirements such as quarantine or submit a negative PCR test, nor will it be necessary to have other types of certificates.

At the moment Argentines cannot travel to Italy for tourist reasons.  REUTERS / Manuel Silvestri / Archive
At the moment Argentines cannot travel to Italy for tourist reasons. REUTERS / Manuel Silvestri / Archive

Infobae also consulted the Embassy of Italy, who said days ago that they had been key for Argentina to be included in the EU recommendation, and who expressed their joy at the announcement by the European authority. “The annex of Argentina is important for us because Italy worked at the European level to make it considered safe”they commented.

Nevertheless, For the moment, the Italian government has not ruled on the matter and it remains to wait for it to modify its regulatory framework based on the decisions made in its Ministry of Health. “We do not know exactly when, but we believe that in a few days the entry regulations for all citizens of Argentina will be updated,” they added.

For now, Argentine tourists cannot enter Italy, it is only possible to do so for essential reasons. From the local embassy they celebrated the recommendation of the EU and hope that the regulations will soon be modified so that the rich connectivity that has existed for years between the two countries is recovered.

Different is the case France, since it has been more than a week that Argentines, vaccinated or not, can enter their territory. In case of not being vaccinated or being vaccinated with the Sputnik V scheme, a PCR test must be performed within 72 hours before traveling there, and a second PCR will need to be performed in French territory in order to enter museums, bars, restaurants and other establishments.

Those who are vaccinated with one of the vaccines recognized by France (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca y Johnson & Johnson) or are vaccinated with the two doses of Sinopharm plus a booster dose of Moderna or Pfizer, they will need to complete a remote health passport –From Argentina and via internet– to be able to circulate freely in the country.

Argentines who enter France without being vaccinated must do a PCR on French territory.  EFE / EPA / CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON
Argentines who enter France without being vaccinated must do a PCR on French territory. EFE / EPA / CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON

What do the European countries that have not yet included Argentina among their “safe countries” evaluate?

One of the values ​​is the cumulative rate of notification of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, this value should not exceed 75; another is the rate of tests per 100,000 inhabitants carried out in the last seven days must be greater than 300; it is also evaluated if the trend of new cases remains stable or decreases.

What’s more, it is verified that the positivity rate of the tests carried out does not exceed 4%; the behavior of the virus in the country is evaluated, and the amount and mutation of the variants in circulation. Other aspects that are taken into account are the capacity for surveillance, tracking of people, containment, treatment and notification, as well as the reliability of the sources of information available.

Of course, the vaccination of the population is also taken into account, although here there is a conflict since Europe does not recognize Sputnik-V, and not all of its member countries recognize the Sinopharm vaccine.

Anyway, the European Union ruled in favor of Argentina, and two of its most important members already consider our country as “safe”. In the event that the rest of the party nations adopt the recommendation to include Argentina in their “green lists”, Argentine travelers will be able to enter European territory regardless of their vaccination status (it will not matter if the person is vaccinated or not, or is vaccinated with an inoculant not recognized by the European states).

At the moment the countries of Europe do not recognize the Russian inoculant Sputnik-V.  REUTERS / Dado Ruvic / Illustration
At the moment the countries of Europe do not recognize the Russian inoculant Sputnik-V. REUTERS / Dado Ruvic / Illustration

Those who also celebrated the news were the Russians, the Russian Fund for Direct Investment expressed in a statement that “the recommendation to open borders to visitors from Argentina confirms the success of the vaccination campaign in Argentina.”

In addition, they noted that “several countries, including Bahrain, Jordan, United Arab Emirates and Chile (where Sputnik V has also been authorized) are also on the list of recommended countries for EU travel restrictions to be lifted. Separating the authorization of COVID vaccines from vaccination certificates is another important step to avoid discrimination against vaccines ”.

The recommendation of the European Union and its confirmation by Spain and Germany, are part of the global trend of easing restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, reflects the good performance of the national vaccination campaign, and the good behavior of Argentine society that little by little decreases the number of Covid-19 cases, and that step by step leaves behind the worst times of the global health crisis.

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