Travelers from the European Union who have completed immunization against the Corona virus with Sinovac and Sinopharm Beijing as well as Covaxin will be allowed to travel to the United Kingdom, where the latter’s government has added these vaccines to the list of approved vaccines for domestic travel, after the list of emergency uses of the World Health Organization (WHO EUL).
The decision means that more vaccinated travelers from other countries as well, particularly from the United Arab Emirates, India and Malaysia, will be eligible to travel to the UK, TheSchengen.com reports.
According to the announcement made by the UK government, a decision will be made on November 22.
All travelers who have completed the coronavirus immunization process and hold a valid vaccination certificate from one of more than 135 approved countries and territories will not be obligated to take a COVID-19 test prior to departure, an eighth day test, or quarantine upon arrival. Instead, travelers will have to pay for the lateral flow test before the end of the second day, after arrival.
Its vaccines have been previously recognized by the UK authorities, such as: Pfizer BioNTech, Oxford AstraZeneca (including Covishield), Moderna and Janssen (Johnson and Johnson).
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps noted in this regard: “As we continue to recover from the pandemic and expand our recognition of international vaccines, today’s announcements represent the next step in resuming international travel.”
Shapps stressed that by relaxing international travel rules for people under the age of 18 coming to England, it would bring more good news to families looking to be reunited with their loved ones, and such a decision would also help the tourism sector recover from the damage done. caused by the virus.
“Today’s announcement is another step forward for the travel industry, businesses and for family and friends wishing to be reunited or travel abroad,” Health and Social Care Minister Sajid Javid emphasized.
Based on figures provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 9,301,900 people have tested positive for the coronavirus and its new strains since the beginning of the pandemic, while a total of 141,805 people have died during the same period.
In addition, WHO figures also revealed that a total of 29,843 people in the UK have tested positive for coronavirus in the past 24 hours, while 62 people have died.
In this regard, Javid stressed, “The Red List and the quarantine system remain vital in protecting our borders, and as we have said, we will not hesitate to take measures by adding countries to the Red List if necessary.”
Last month, authorities in the United Kingdom announced that they had removed the last seven countries on the red list made up of regions that had recently reported high rates of COVID-19 infection.
This decision means that all citizens of Ecuador, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Panama, Venezuela and Peru are no longer required to follow the mandatory hotel quarantine requirements when heading to the UK.
However, the government made it clear that it is keeping its border measures under review, including the Red List, while emphasizing that it will take all necessary precautions to prevent a further increase in the number of COVID-19 infections.