Covid-19 vaccines on the World Health Organization’s emergency-use listing (WHO EUL), such as Sinovac, Sinopharm, and Covaxin will finally be recognised by the UK government

Sinovac, Sinopharm, and Covaxin Covid-19 vaccines will now be considered fully vaccinated by the UK. The vaccines will be added to UK’s list for inbound travel alongside the earlier approved vaccines from Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, and Janssen (J&J).

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The new travel rule benefits fully vaccinated recipients of said vaccines from countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, and India, according to the UK government website.

Travellers who are fully vaccinated and have received their vaccination certificates from one or more than 135 approved countries and territories will not be required to take a pre-departure test, day eight test, or quarantine upon arrival. They will only have to pay for a lateral flow test, which they can take before the end of their second day after arrival (the day of arrival being day zero).

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“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,” the website quoted UK’s transport secretary Grant Shapps as saying.


All under-18s entering England will be treated as fully vaccinated at the border and will be exempt from self-isolation requirements on arrival, day eight testing, and pre-departure testing. They will only be required to take one post-arrival test and a confirmatory free PCR test if they test positive.


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