As many as 96 countries in the world have agreed to recognise the Indian COVID-19 vaccination certificates, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Tuesday. This announcement comes after the USA and the UK approved the entry to Indians vaccinated with Covaxin.
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The Union Health Minister said that the acceptance of COVID-19 vaccination certificates by 96 countries will ease international travel for tourism, education and business purposes. He added that it is a picture of global acceptance of Indian vaccines administered in the world’s largest vaccination drive.
He also said that passengers travelling from these 96 countries will enjoy certain relaxations under the Ministry’s guidelines issued on international returns on 20 October 2021.
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Presently, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has added eight vaccines in EUL (emergency use listing), including two Indian vaccines - Covaxin and Covishield.
However, Mandaviya added that the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and the Ministry of External Affairs are continuously communicating with the rest of the world for mutual acceptance of vaccination certificates of India to promote hassle-free international travel across the globe
The countries that have accepted the COVID-19 vaccination certificates of India are as follows-
|Asia||Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Kuwait, Oman, the UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Maldives, Turkey, Kyrgyz Republic, Armenia, Iran, Lebanon, State of Palestine, Syria, Georgia and Egypt|
|Europe||UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain, Georgia, Hungary, Serbia, Poland, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Belarus, Croatia, Bulgaria, Greece, Russia, Finland, Greece, Finland, Estonia, Romania, Moldova, Albania, Kazakhstan, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Sweden, Azerbaijan, Austria, Andorra, Montenegro, Ukraine and Iceland.|
|North America||United States of America, Jamaica, Bahamas, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Commonwealth of Dominica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Canada|
|South America||Peru, Brazil, Guyana, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Columbia, Trinidad & Tobago,|
|Africa||Mauritius, Mali, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Angola, Nigeria, Benin, Chad, Eswatini, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Malawi, Botswana, Namibia, Comoros, Egypt, South Sudan, Tunisia, and Sudan|
However, Canada has not accepted Covaxin yet. The Canadian High Commission has advised the Covaxin producer Bharat Biotech International Limited to submit all the data and proofs related to the clinical tests to arrive at a decision.