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Good news for UAE travelers: UK adds Sinopharm to approved vaccines list


DUBAI – More UAE travelers can soon enter the UK after the country added Sinopharm and Covaxin to its list of approved vaccines.

Travelers with a complete dose of Sinopharm, Covaxin and Sinovac and travel to the UK without undergoing quarantine starting on November 22.

Vaccines recognized in the UK are Pfizer BioNTech, Oxford AstraZeneca, Covishield, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson, and WHO EUL, including Sinovac, Sinopharm and Covaxin.

The UK’s Department of Transport also further relaxed its rules, with all travelers under the age of 18 able to travel to the country without undergoing quarantine on arrival from November 22.

The new rules are expected to benefit fully vaccinated travelers from the UAE, which uses Sinopharm, and India which uses Covaxin.

A large number of people in the UAE received at least two doses of the Sinopharm vaccine, which was the first to be administered in the country.

UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “As we continue to recover from the pandemic and expand  ou r recognition of international vaccines, today’s announcements  mark the next step in our restart of international travel.

“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,” Shapps said.

Fully vaccinated travelers with a certificate from one of over 135 approved countries and territories are not required to take a pre-departure test, day 8 test or quarantine on arrival.

However, they will pay for a lateral flow test taken before the end of their second day of arrival in the UK. ICA/Expat Media

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