EU nationals vaccinated with any of the WHO-approved vaccines can travel to the UK from 22 November
Travelers from the EU who have completed their coronavirus vaccination process with Sinovac, Sinopharm Beijing as well as Covaxin will be allowed to travel to the UK as the UK government has added these vaccines to the list of approved vaccines for inbound travel, following the World Health Organization Emergency Use List (WHO EUL).
Such a move means that more vaccinated travelers from other countries, especially those from the United Arab Emirates, India and Malaysia, will be eligible to travel to the UK, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
According to the announcement released by the British government, the decision will be implemented on November 22.
All travelers who have completed their coronavirus vaccination process and hold a valid vaccination certificate from one of the more than 135 approved countries and territories would not be required to take a COVID-19 test prior to departure, a eighth day or quarantine upon arrival. . Instead, travelers would be required to pay for a lateral flow test to take before the end of their second day, after arrival.
UK authorities previously recognized their vaccines, such as: Pfizer BioNTech, Oxford AstraZeneca (including Covishield), Moderna and Janssen (Johnson and Johnson).
“As we continue to recover from the pandemic and expand our recognition of international vaccines, today’s announcements mark the next step in our restart of international travel.” Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps pointed out in this regard.
Shapps stressed that relaxing the rules on international travel for people under 18 coming to England would bring good news to families looking to reunite with loved ones, and such a move would also help the tourism industry recover. damage caused by the virus.
“Today’s announcement is another step forward for the travel industry, businesses, as well as family and friends looking to get together or go abroad.” Health and Social Affairs Secretary Sajid Javid stressed.
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 start of the pandemic, while a total of 141,805 people 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 the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, while 62 people have died.
“The red list and the quarantine system remain vital to protect our borders, and as we have said, we will not hesitate to act by adding countries to the red list if necessary”, Javid stressed in this regard.
Officials in the UK last month announced they were removing the last seven countries included in the Red List which consists of territories that have recently reported high rates of COVID-19 infection.
Such a move means that all citizens of Ecuador, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Panama, Venezuela and Peru are no longer required to follow mandatory hotel quarantine requirements when are traveling to the UK.
However, the government has clarified that it is continuing to review its border measures, including the red list, while stressing that it will take all necessary preventive measures to avoid a further increase in the number of infections in the country. COVID-19.