The UK government on Monday announced that India’s homegrown vaccine Covaxin will be added to its list of approved jabs for international travellers from November 22, meaning that those inoculated with the Bharat Biotech-manufactured shot will not have to self-isolate after arrival in England. The move followed the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Emergency Use Listing for Covaxin, which is the second-most used formulation in India. The United States, which also lifted its Covid-19 travel restrictions after 21 months, will approve Covaxin, as well; all FDA and WHO-approved vaccines are to be recognised by US authorities.
Covaxin has been given an okay in various countries till now. But despite approval for the jab, direct travel to some countries is not functional yet, as the Indian government has extended the suspension on scheduled international passenger flights till November 30, 2021 amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Only countries that have air-bubble pacts with India offer direct flights to their locations.
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Where Covaxin is Approved and Direct Travel is Possible
Indians who have taken Covaxin do not have to serve the 14-day quarantine in Oman. “All passengers from India who have received two doses of Covaxin at least 14 days before the estimated arrival date will now be able to travel to Oman without the requirement of quarantine,” the Indian embassy in Oman has said. Previously, Indian travellers who had taken Covishield could only travel to Oman without being quarantined.
The rules for Covaxin recipients travelling to Nepal are the same as they are in the Philippines. Indian citizens must present a Covid-19 vaccine certificate, and the last dose of the vaccine must have been administered at least 14 days prior to entry into the country.
Iran is another country that Indians who have been immunised with Covaxin are permitted to visit. If the RT-PCR test results are not available, the person must be quarantined for 14 days.
Covaxin and Covishield are both accepted by India’s neighbour. Unvaccinated travellers, on the other hand, will be subjected to a 14-day quarantine.
Indian citizens who have taken Covaxin will be exempt from testing and quarantine. It was one of the first countries to recognise the presence of Covaxin.
Indian visitors must present negative proof of valid RT-PCR test results. Furthermore, both Covishield and Covaxin have been approved by the African nation.
Countries Which Have Approved Covaxin, But Travel is Not Allowed:
Australia has approved Covaxin, manufactured by Bharat Biotech. However, the country doesn’t have air-bubble pact with India that allows direct flights. Currently, indirect flights to Australia have layover in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Tokyo airports. However, all the three countries haven’t approved Covaxin.
Travellers who are vaccinated with Covaxin are allowed to go to the Philippines. However, India doesn’t run direct flights to the country, passengers have to take to alternate routes to travel.
Mexico’s health regulator has authorised the emergency use of Covaxin. But the country is not among the 28 countries that India has signed pact under air bubble.
Indians who are vaccinated with the Bharat Biotech’s vaccine can travel to Mauritius, but India is not directly operating flights to the country. In the case of indirect flights to the countries authorising Covaxin, yet not under air bubble pact with India, the guidelines and requirements of the layover depends on the country’s Covid-19 restrictions.
Indians arriving in Greece are required to show a Covid-19 vaccine certificate, a negative RT-PCR report of less than 72 hours, or a negative antigen test less than 48 hours old. People do not need to quarantine unless Covid symptoms are observed on arrival. However, there are no direct flights operating with India and Greece and people have to take indirect flights through other European cities. Currently, no major European countries have approved Covaxin.
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