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More relief for Indian travellers, UK will now recognise Covaxin from Nov 22 Covaxin
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More relief for Indian travellers, UK will now recognise Covaxin from Nov 22

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 09 Nov 2021, 09:43 am

London/New Delhi/UNI: In more relief for Indian travellers, Britain said on Monday that from November 22 it will recognise Covid-19 vaccines on the WHO’s Emergency Use Listing, including Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin.

Alex Ellis, the UK High Commissioner to India, tweeted: “More good news for India travellers to United Kingdom.

"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.”

The UK government said in a travel update: “From 4am on Monday 22 November, the government will recognise vaccines on the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL). As a result, Sinovac, Sinopharm Beijing and Covaxin will be added to our list of approved vaccines for inbound travel, benefitting more fully vaccinated people from countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and India. The US also recognises the vaccines on the WHO EUL for inbound travel.”

The UK earlier gave recognition to Covishield.

The government simplified 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.”

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Today’s announcement is another step forward for the travel industry, businesses and for family and friends wanting to reunite or go abroad.”