A day after external affairs minister S Jaishankar said he has taken up with European Union to accept Covid-19 vaccines, such as Covishield and Covaxin, for Indian nationals traveling to Europe, Switzerland, Iceland and seven European Union countries on Thursday allowed the Serum Institute-manufactured Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine.
The list of European Union Member States that have recognized Covishield as a valid vaccine includes Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Spain. That apart, Estonia has confirmed that it will recognize all the vaccines authorized by the Government of India for travel of Indians to Estonia, said an informed source.
Union minister Jaishankar had on Tuesday met Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and discussed vaccine production and access. He also took up 'Covishield' authorization for travel to Europe. India has requested EU member states to individually consider extending the exemption to those persons who have taken Covishield and Covaxin and said it will institute a reciprocal policy for recognition of the EU Digital Covid Certificate, according to sources.