The United Kingdom has added Covishield to its list of approved Covid-19 vaccines for travel to the country.
However, there is confusion over the UK government’s vaccine recognition process for Indian travellers as even though Covishield is on an updated international travel advisory, India is not yet on a list of 17 approved countries.
The UK’s Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has said that they are unable to confirm the new development and will require further clarifications.
There has been widespread condemnation of the Serum Institute of India manufactured vaccines not being included in a list of eligible Covid-19 vaccines recognised under Britain’s reviewed international travel norms, effective from October 4.
In its revised guidelines, the UK said formulations of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, including Covishield, would qualify as approved vaccines.
It said a traveller must have had a complete course of the approved vaccine at least 14 days before arriving in England.