This will benefit more fully vaccinated Indians who plan to travel to the UK without the need for a pre-departure PCR test or self-isolation at the address declared on their mandatory passenger tracking forms. Like other fully vaccinated travelers, including those vaccinated with Covishield, they should pre-book a PCR test or lateral flow test upon arrival in England, to be performed before the end of day 2.
“Starting at 4 a.m. on Monday 22 November, the government will recognize vaccines on the World Health Organization’s (WHO EUL) emergency use list at the border,” the UK’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed. Transport (DfT). âAs a result, Sinovac, Sinopharm Beijing and Covaxin will be added to our existing list of approved vaccines for inbound travel, benefiting more fully vaccinated passengers,â he said.
Earlier this month, Covaxin made by Bharat Biotech – the second most widely used formulation in India – received its EUL status from the WHO, prompting the UK to announce its intention to include it on its list of Covid vaccines approved from November 22.
The WHO Emergency Use List process includes a review of data on quality, safety and efficacy by experts from WHO, and many countries such as the United States, the Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Iceland recognize this categorization. Meanwhile, travelers who are not fully vaccinated against Covid-19 must undergo pre-departure testing and a 10-day quarantine at a declared address in Britain.
As of Monday, the UK government said it is also simplifying travel rules for all under-18s coming to England from a country not on the Red List, who will be treated as fully vaccinated at the border, regardless of their individual vaccination status. This means that they will be exempt from self-isolation requirements upon arrival and will only be required to take a lateral flow test after arrival, along with a free confirmatory PCR test if they are positive.
Although public health is a decentralized issue, the government has said it is working closely with the decentralized administrations of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to ensure a rules approach to the UK scale.