The UK government has announced that from 4am of November 22, Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin would be added to its list of approved Covid-19 vaccines for travellers coming in from India.
Following this announcement travellers who have received both doses of Covaxin at least 14 days before their arrival in the UK will no longer be required to quarantine. Along with Covaxin, UK has also added Sinovac and Sinopharm Beijing to its approved list of Covid-19 vaccines.
Following this move, passengers fully vaccinated with Covaxin and have received their vaccine certificate will no longer be required to take a pre-departure test, day 8 test or would need to self-isolate upon arrival. These passengers will just need to pay for a lateral flow test to take before the end of their second day, post-arrival.
The UK government has also announced that all under-18s coming to England 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 a post-arrival test and a confirmatory free PCR test if they test positive.
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UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps in a statement to the media said that the announcements mark the next step in UK’s restart of international travel. He went on to say, “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.”
Calling the announcements a step forward for the travel industry, Health and Social Care Secretary, Sajid Javid, went on to say that the red list and quarantine system remain vital in protecting UK borders and the authorities would not hesitate to take action by adding countries to the red list if necessary.