For many people who chose to receive an experimental COVID-19 jab, the primary reason was to make traveling easier.
It wasn’t about health or staying safe.
They wanted the freedom to travel.
I’ve met numerous people who fall into that category.
However, it pays to stick to your guns and stand your ground if you place higher value on medical freedom and bodily autonomy.
The individuals who chose to get vaccinated from COVID-19 will soon find themselves in the same predicament as unvaccinated individuals if they say no to boosters.
Mark this down as another lesson that shows compliance will never end this COVID-19 hysteria.
It only ends when enough people refuse to comply.
— The Divine Destination Collection (@TravelTDDC) August 28, 2021
BREAKING: Now Some European Countries Won't Accept Vaccination Older Than 270 Days https://t.co/nbQkqmw3Su
— Frommer's (@Frommers) August 23, 2021
Depending on when they received their vaccination shots, international travelers may find it harder to enter two European countries this fall.
Austria and Croatia have each introduced a 270-day maximum validity time limit on vaccinations, reports the Irish Mirror. Other countries may soon follow suit.
Travelers attempting to enter Austria or Croatia will no longer be considered fully vaccinated if more than 270 days have passed since their last shot.
The new limit would mean that travelers who completed vaccination in February would see their validity expire in November.
The time limit is not an outright ban. Instead, those would-be tourists will be treated as if they have not been vaccinated at all, and, just like unvaccinated visitors, will be required to produce a negative PCR or rapid antigen test in order to proceed.
They would also have to follow all other procedures and restrictions that apply to unvaccinated visitors.
In Croatia’s case (read the official policy here), visitors are required to quarantine at their own expense until the new test result is available, just as unvaccinated arrivals must do.
Austria’s policy specifies that vaccines that only require one dose are considered valid after 22 days. The country’s official guidance (read that here) does not yet specifically address booster shots, so the current assumption is that any additional doses will fall under the same rules as a single-dose vaccination and become valid after 22 days.
The 270-day limit adds a new, unexpected layer of planning, particularly if temporary quarantine is called for, but authorities say the change is necessary because prevailing scientific wisdom holds that the jab’s efficacy may wane over time.
For Americans, the rule change won’t necessarily derail vacation plans—but it will increase demand for booster shots.
Irish Mirror weighed in:
Two EU nations have implemented new travel rules that could have ramifications for Irish tourists hoping to visit them for holidays later this year.
Fully vaccinated travellers could find it more difficult to enter these countries this autumn after they confirmed an ‘expiry date’ on vaccination statuses.
Austria and Croatia, both regions that have adopted the EU’s Digital Covid Certificate, are the only two countries in the bloc to implement these types of travel rules.
The expiry date on vaccination passes means there is a maximum validity period for vaccinated people entering the countries.
Inoculated travellers will need to show not only proof of being vaccinated, but also when they received their second jab, in order to avoid travel restrictions or quarantine.
Croatia was the first to implement the expiration date, with holidaymakers only be considered immune against Covid-19 when entering the country for 270 days after their second jab.
Tourists can visit Croatia with a negative test, proof of recovery, and now, a vaccine passport with a 270-day expiry date.
According to the government’s announcement last month, all travellers will be banned from entering the state without presenting a negative PCR or rapid antigen test if more than 270 days have passed since they received their second dose of an approved coronavirus vaccine.
Earlier this week, Austria followed suit in implementing the same nine-month deadline for fully vaccinated holidaymakers.
According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, people travelling to Austria are considered as ‘vaccinated’ against Covid-19 if they have a second dose “which must not be older than 270 days”.
If you thought it was 1 or 2 shots and traveling was easier forever, then you were sadly mistaken.
The goal posts are changing again and now it’s indefinite boosters to earn ‘vaccinated’ status.