Some European Countries Just Set an 8-Month Time Limit on Valid Vaccine Certificates

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Croatia and Austria have become the first two countries to set an expiration date on vaccination certification. 

Those lucky few who were able to get a vaccine early on in their availability may see their validity window to enter either country close soon.

Both countries have listed the validity period expires 270 days after the date of full vaccination. 

For example, if you received the second shot or single-dose vaccine in mid-January, your expiration will be mid-October.

Screenshot from Croatia's official guidelines outlining requirements to enter the country.
Screenshot from Croatia’s official guidelines outlining requirements to enter the country.

However, both countries currently allow passengers to supplement an expired vaccine card with a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to entrance. 

Croatia will also accept a Rapid Antigen Test as long as it is on the list of Common RAT tests recognized by the EU member states

In the case of Austria, however, an expired vaccine card will mean tourists are unable to avoid quarantine. Anyone beyond the 270 day period will need to quarantine for five to 10 days upon arrival. 

These regulations indicate that many tourists will need a second dose of the one-shot J&J vaccine or the third shot of Moderna of Pfizer to enter either country soon.


Lauren Allain
Lauren is a freelance journalist from Seattle. She travels the globe in search of the best grocery stores, bouldering gyms, and snorkeling locations. Her mission at Freedom Is Everything is to help others make the transition into location-independent lifestyles.