The Govt of the United Kingdom (UK) on Monday announced that it has approved Bharat Biotech’s Covid-19 vaccines ‘Covaxin’ for travelers coming in from India starting from 4 am of November 22.
Now, travelers to the UK who have received both doses of Covaxin at least 14 days before their arrival will no longer be required to quarantine.
Moreover, the UK govt has also added Sinovac and Sinopharm Beijing to its approved list of Covid-19 vaccines.
From 4 am on Monday 22 November, the United Kingdom will recognize the following vaccines:
- Pfizer BioNTech
- Oxford AstraZeneca (including Covishield)
- Moderna and Janssen (J&J), and
- WHO EUL including Sinovac, Sinopharm Beijing and Covaxin
“More good news for Indian travellers to UK From 22 November travellers fully vaccinated with a #COVID19 vaccine recognised by WHO for Emergency Use Listing, including Covaxin, will not have to self-isolate; so joining those fully vaccinated with Covishield.”Alex Ellis, British High Commissioner to India
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From 22 November travellers fully vaccinated with a #COVID19 vaccine recognised by @WHO for Emergency Use Listing, including Covaxin, will not have to self-isolate; so joining those fully vaccinated with Covishield.https://t.co/UyJsryBd0O https://t.co/mZhaqRgB35
This comes as the government simplifies travel rules for all under-18s coming to England who will be treated as fully vaccinated at the border and will be exempt from self-isolation requirements on arrival, day 8 testing, and pre-departure testing. They will only be required to take 1 post-arrival test and a confirmatory free PCR test if they test positive.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:
“As we continue to recover from the pandemic and expand our recognition of international vaccines, today’s announcements mark the next step in our restart of international travel.”
By also simplifying the rules for international travel for all under-18s coming to England, we’re bringing further good news for families looking to unite with loved ones and another great boost for the travel sector.