As European countries start to open their borders for vaccinated travellers, the Spanish authorities have announced that any of the vaccines that have been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and World Health Organization (WHO) will be recognised by the country’s authorities, as a proof of immunity against COVID-19 for incoming travellers.

Consequently, this means that Spain recognises vaccination certificates as long as the holder has been immunised with one of the following vaccines:

  • Comirnaty – Pfizer/BioNTech Manufacturing GmbH.
  • Vaxzevria – AstraZeneca
  • AstraZeneca/SK Bio, SK Bioscience Co. Ltd.
  • Vaccine AstraZeneca (Covishield™), Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Janssen-Cilag International NV.
  • Spikevax; mRNA-1273), Moderna Biotech
  • Vero Cell – Sinopharm/Beijing Institute of Biological Products Co., Ltd.
  • Sinovac-CoronaVac (Vero Cell), Sinovac Life Sciences Co., Ltd.

“Any vaccine authorised for marketing by the European Union (European Medicines Agency, EMA) and WHO will be accepted. The complete vaccination schedule must be available for the vaccination certificate to be valid,” the official Travel Health Portal of Spain noted.

Since Covishield was listed for emergency use by the WHO back in February, Spain is one of the few EU countries to recognise the vaccine despite that the European Union agency responsible for supervision and evaluation of medicines has not approved it yet.

The document that shows proof of vaccination should be provided in Spanish, English, French, or German and may be submitted to the authorities in electronic or paper format.

In addition, the vaccination certificate should include the following information on the holder:

  • Name and surname
  • Personal identification number
  • Name of the vaccine administered
  • Country/city where the vaccine has been administered
  • Date(s) of vaccination

As for the validity of the vaccination certificate, it was indicated that the document would start being valid 14 days after the last dose of the vaccine was administered and would remain effective up to one year after the date of vaccination, reports.

Persons who do not hold a vaccination certificate are also permitted to enter Spain provided that they present a negative COVID-19 test result or proof of recovery from the disease.

“You may travel, presenting a document/certificate certifying vaccination against COVID-19, a negative diagnostic test or recovery against COVID-19, according to the provisions of current legislation relative to the health controls to be carried out at the points of entry into Spain,” Travel Health Portal added.

The EU Digital COVID Certificate, which has been established by the EU Commission, is a document designated for vaccinated travellers that aims to facilitate free movement within the block.

As of July 1, the certificate has become effective to 21 Member States and three non-EU/Schengen countries, except for Ireland.

If planning to travel abroad during this summer, make sure to check a new tool developed by VisaGuide.World and verify whether the vaccine you have been immunised with is recognised in your destination country.

(CNN) — Travelers from the UK have been given the go ahead to visit Portugal, Gibraltar and Israel from May 17 when months of restrictions making it illegal to travel abroad for a vacation will come to an end.

The UK government has finally revealed the 12 countries and territories that will be designated “green” once the current ban on non-essential travel is lifted after weeks of speculation.

The much-anticipated announcement looks set to lead to surge in vacation bookings for the countries that have gained a coveted spot, although there was disappointment that the list didn’t contain certain prime travel destinations.

A traffic light system is now in place, with countries split into three different categories based on their Covid-19 infection and vaccinations rates, along with the prevalence of any variants of concern.

The full green list is: Portugal including Azores and Madeira, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Brunei, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands; St. Helena, Ascension & Tristan da Cunha, and Israel.

France, Greece, Spain and Italy have been put on the “amber” list, which means travelers will be required to quarantine for 10 days on returning to the UK.

Meanwhile Turkey, the Maldives and Nepal, are being added to the UK’s “red” list of countries from which most travel is banned. That list already includes South Africa, India, Namibia and the United Arab Emirates.

“I regret the favorite summer destinations like France and Spain and Greece, are not yet included,” UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said during a press conference on Friday.

Traffic light system

People enjoy a sunny day on the Sa Conca beach in Castell-Platja D'Aro near to Girona, on March 31, 2021.

Holiday favorite Spain has been put on the “amber” list, which means travelers will have to quarantine when they return from the country.

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“But every three weeks from reopening, we’ll be reviewing the countries, to see how and where we can expand the green list. So this is just a first step.”

Travelers planning to visit a “green” destination will have to take a pre-departure test, as well as a PCR test on or before day two of their arrival back in the UK. However, they will not be required to quarantine.

Those traveling from a country designated “amber” will have to quarantine for 10 days, take a pre-departure test and also get a PCR test on day two and eight of their isolation.

“Amber” travelers will qualify for the test to release scheme, which allows holidaymakers to take a PCR test after five days’ quarantine. If they receive a negative result, they are then permitted to go out into the community.

Those planning to holiday in a destination on the “red” list face the toughest restrictions, and will have to check in at one of the UK’s quarantine hotels, at a cost of £1,750 (around $2,445) per adult, on their return as well as follow the same testing rules for those arriving from “amber” destinations.

According to Shapps, travelers can use their NHS app to demonstrate their Covid vaccination

DUBAI: Global Islamic finance is expected to grow by 10 to 12 percent over the next year on the back of stronger sukuk issuances and continued industry standardization, S&P Global said in a report.
Financing growth in Saudi Arabia will remain strong, S&P said, fueled by mortgages and corporate lending. It also expects some growth in Qatar supported by investments related to the upcoming World Cup, “and to a lesser extent the UAE where the Dubai Expo is likely to help boost economic activity,” it added.
The report also noted a potential rise in the issuance of social Islamic finance instruments and green sukuk, as companies become more conscious of their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) values.
The Jeddah-based Islamic Development Bank issued a $1.5 billion sustainable sukuk in 2020 and another $2.5 billion instrument in 2021.
“They (social issuances) show that the pandemic has presented an opportunity to put the social element back into Islamic finance and demonstrate the social aspect of the Sharia goals, Maqasid,” according to S&P.
The report added these types of sales  could even appeal to foreign investors with ESG objectives.
A growth in Islamic banking assets in the Gulf, Malaysia, and Turkey – core Islamic finance economies – as well as issuances exceeding maturities are charting a recovery path for the industry, which suffered a 10.6 percent contraction in 2020.
The industry will also benefit from continued integration through a unified global legal and regulatory framework for Islamic finance, the report said.
The Dubai Islamic Economy Development Center and its partners are working on the standardization, which has long been a challenge for global Islamic finance.