After WHO Nod, These Countries Are Allowing Covaxin-Jabbed Travellers

Covaxin received nod from the WHO for emergency use last week.

After over a year-and-a-half of pandemic and the subsequent restrictions on international travel, countries are slowly easing the curbs. Vaccinated people are being allowed to travel for non-essential travel too with some basic requirements, like a vaccination certificate. With the World Health Organisation (WHO) giving nod to India's indigenous vaccine Covaxin for emergency use, things have eased for Indian travellers. Earlier only few countries had recognised Covaxin.

Also Read: UK's Covid-19 Travel Rules: What It Means If You Are Flying From India

After the WHO approval, India's External Affairs Ministry has reportedly approached several countries to ease the travel norms.

Here is the list of countries that are allowing Indian travellers vaccinated with Covaxin:


The US has opened up for Indian travellers , vaccinated with Covishield or Covaxin, from November 8. This is after 21 months that Indians can now travel to the US.

United Kingdom

After WHO's approval, Covaxin-jabbed Indians can travel to UK. India and UK initially had a face-off after the the government there did not recognise the vaccine certificates of Indians, even if they were vaccinated with Covishield.


Indians vaccinated with either vaccine, Covaxin or Covishield, can visit Greece. They need to produce a vaccination certificate, a negative PCR test less than 72 hours old or a negative antigen test less than 48 hours old. However, they all visitors will be tested on arrival in Greece.


Covaxin or Covishield, Indians vaccinated either of the two can visit Iran. They will need to produce a vaccination certificate and negative RT-PCR test of less than 96 hours. The individuals may have to undergo a 14-day-long quarantine if they are not carrying the test report.

Sri Lanka

The island nation recognises Covaxin in addition to Covishield. A negative RT-PCR test report not older than 72 hours needs to be produced on arrival. However, travellers will still be tested at the airport and stay in quarantine till the report comes. Unvaccinated travellers will be kept under quarantine for 14 days before they are allowed to go around.

Also Read: Vaccinated Indians Can Travel To US From Nov 8. All You Need To Know


Even though Nepal recognises Covaxin, all vaccinated travellers will still have to undergo a quarantine period of 7 days. Unvaccinated people will be kept under quarantine for 10 days and will be tested on day seven and day 11. A negative RT-PCR on arrival is also a must.


Fully vaccinated Indians can now travel to Switzerland with WHO's approval to Covaxin.


Covaxin and Covishield are both recognised in Zimbabwe. A negative RT-OCR test report is required on arrival.


India's indigenous vaccine manufactured by Bharat Biotech, is recognised in Australia. But direct flights from India aren't allowed since the two countires do not have the air-bubble pact. Flights from India have a layover in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Tokyo.


Vaccinated Indians with Schengen visa are free to visit Estonia. Indians vaccinated with either Covishield or Covaxin can visit Estonia without any testing or quarantine mandate.


From October 1, Indian passengers travelling to Mauritius will be required to show a negative PCR test report not older than a week. On arrival, the passengers will go through an antigen test and will be placed in isolation for seven days.


Guyana is open for Indians who are vaccinated with even one dose of either vaccines. However, a negative RT-PCR test report on arrival is a must.

Also Read: Drug Expert Panel Recommends Covaxin Emergency Use For 2-18 Year Olds


Indian travellers who have received Covishield or Covaxin are free to visit Philipines. But since no direct flights operate between the two countries, passengers need to take alternate routes.

Updated On: 2021-11-09T14:15:42+05:30
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