The Govt of United Kingdom (UK) on Wednesday approved Covishield, the Indian version of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for travel.
In its revised travel advisory, the UK govt says that Covishield qualifies as an approved vaccine.
It must be noted that last week the United Kingdom has issued fresh guidelines and announced a major relaxation of international travel rules for vaccinated travelers arriving in the country.
But India is quite upset with the UK’s new vaccine-linked travel curbs as Indian travelers who have got both doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine will be considered “unvaccinated” and will have to undergo 10 days of quarantine.
UK’s New Travel Advisory
Now, as per the latest travel advisory, From 4 am Monday 4 October, you will qualify as fully vaccinated if you are vaccinated:
From 4 am Monday 4 October, you will qualify as fully vaccinated if you are vaccinated:
- Under an approved vaccination programme in the UK, Europe, USA or UK vaccine programme overseas.
- With a full course of the Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna or-Janssen vaccines from a relevant public health body in Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Dominica, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea or Taiwan.
Formulations of the 4 listed vaccines, such as AstraZeneca Covishield, AstraZeneca Vaxzevria and Moderna Takeda, qualify as approved vaccines.
You must have had a complete course of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in England.
Where 2 doses of a vaccine are required for a full course, you will be able to:
- Mix 2 different types of vaccine, for example, Oxford/AstraZeneca and Moderna.
- Have the 2 vaccinations under 2 different approved programmes, for example, Australia and Japan, UK and USA, EU and Canada
Until 04th October, mixed vaccines are only permitted if you are vaccinated under the UK, Europe, USA or UK overseas vaccination programme.