India's Covaxin valid for UK travel now

Vaccinated with Bharat Biotech's Covaxin, travellers will now be able to travel any part of the United Kingdom as the country has included the vaccine in its approved list today, November 22. Travellers vaccinated with the Covaxin, one of the two major Covid-19 vaccines used in India, will not have to self-isolate after arrival in England.

According to an announcement made earlier this month, Britain said it would recognise COVID-19 vaccines on the World Health Organization's Emergency Use Listing later this month, adding China's Sinovac, Sinopharm and India's Covaxin to the country's approved list of vaccines for inbound travellers.

The travel rules have also been simplified. All people under the age of 18 will be treated as fully vaccinated at the border and can enter England without self-isolating on arrival, the Department for Transport had said.

Last month, Covishield, the India-manufactured Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, was added to the UK's approved list.

"More good news for Indian travellers to the UK. From November 22, travellers fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 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, had said on Twitter on November 8.

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