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Is the Johnson & Johnson vaccination accepted in the EU?

Hi Everyone - I am an American looking to fly into Budapest on June 11 . I will proceed to travel by rental car to Slovakia, Austria, Czech Republic and Poland. I have been vaccinated with the Johnson and Johnson vaccination. I do not have my booster yet but intend on getting it before flying in to Budapest .

It appears as though the Johnson and Johnson vaccine may not be recognized in the EU. Is this true? Will I be denied entry if I get a booster of J &J?

What If I get a booster of Moderna or Pfizer, (instead of the J &J booster), will this suffix in meeting EU requirements?

Thanks,
Maryanne

Posted by
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Where are you reading that J&J is not accepted in Europe? Please only look at official government websites.

I received a J&J in July in Austria as did thousands of others. I have been showing my digital certificate for months here to get access to most places.

That said, the government here requires me to get a booster by January 3rd or else my current certificate will no longer be valid. I got a Pfizer booster last Friday.

And no one can even guess what next June will be like.

These rules are very specific to the country and state in Europe.

Posted by
13410 posts

First, plan nothing until you have personally researched it at the official sites.

A ray of hope lies in the fact that within the EU border crossings are generally not controlled. Once you have legally entered one country there are instances where each adjacent country will welcome you with out restriction. For instance, you need a PCR to fly into Hungary, but your vaccine card will get you into Croatia and you can drive from Croatia into Hungary without restrictions or PCR test. This isn't cheating the system as the Hungarian government has published this exception. Likewise you can drive in from every other neighboring EU country. I would assume it works in reverse as well. BUT! Do your own research with the official government sites and ensure you follow all of the rules.

Posted by
6531 posts

Janssen is how it is listed on my CDC card.

Posted by
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Thanks everyone. I was seeing the Jansen vaccine as accepted by the EU and EMA sites but didn’t realize that J&J and Jensen were one in the same. I am only looking at the govt sites for info although these sites can be confusing. I truly appreciate the feedback from those of you who are in these countries now or have recently been in them. However, the situation can change quickly and I realize I will need to keep checking the sites to make sure I am in compliance.

Any suggestions on the PCR test to take with me? I had one suggestion from a friend who bought a pack of test kits on Amazon that were accepted in Italy . These tests had an online component that verified the test.

Maryanne

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natique2, you are confusing the types of tests as well. PCR is a different test than the self-testing antigen tests you are referring to. Make sure you understand which you need.

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Are PCR tests readily available in major cities such as Krakow, Budapest , Vienna and Prague , if required for entry?