Saudi Arabia has recognized the Covishield Serum Institute in India as Approved COVID-19 vaccine to enter the country.
Thus, Covishield joins the list of eight other approved vaccines – Pfizer BioNTech, Comirnaty, Oxford AstraZeneca, SK Bioscience, Vaxzevria, Moderna, Spikevax and Johnson & Johnson.
Travelers who are fully vaccinated with Saudi-approved vaccines can enter the country without having to undergo institutional quarantine, according to a statement from the Saudi Tourism Authority.
Although entry into Saudi Arabia is still temporarily suspended for travelers arriving or passing through India 14 days prior to their arrival in Saudi Arabia, Covishield’s approval is a positive development as the country prepares to open its borders to Indian tourists.
“Indian travelers who have spent 14 days in a country that is not on the list of countries whose entry is temporarily suspended immediately prior to entering Saudi Arabia are also allowed if they are fully immunized,” the message said, adding that a negative test was carried out. PCR. no later than 72 hours before departure is a mandatory requirement in all cases.
Earlier in August Saudi Arabia Allows Fully Vaccinated Indian Citizens return without quarantine to a third country under certain conditions.
In July, Saudi Arabia said it would introduce three-year travel ban travel to the kingdom’s red-listed countries, including India, as part of their efforts to contain the spread coronavirus and its new variants.