Saudi Arabia Approves Covishield Vaccine For Travel. A major relief to Indians who are working in Saudi Arabia. The Indian Embassy on Sunday announced that Saudi Arabian government had recognized the Covishield vaccine of India as an equivalent of AstraZeneca which was approved by Saudi Arabia for entry.
The Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia in a tweet said, “Embassy is pleased to announce that Saudi Authorities have recognized the equivalence of Covishield vaccine in India to the Astra Zeneca vaccine which is approved by Saudi authorities.”
It may be kindly noted that the Covishield from Oxford/AstraZeneca is one of the two approved vaccines in India and most of the citizens in India had taken the Covishield vaccine.
The embassy had earlier mentioned that a lot of NRIs are approaching Indian Diplomatic missions for clarification on the approved vaccine list to avoid hassles during travel.
The Indian Embassy was working with Saudi authorities to get approval for Covishield for a while now. GACA of Saudi Arabia has set a seven-day quarantine for foreign travelers who have not been vaccinated yet.
Saudi Arabia Approved Vaccines For Travel
- Pfizer – BioNTech
- Johnson & Johnson and
- Covishield – Serum Institute of India
All the travelers — residents, and visitors — who spend 14 days after completing their doses of vaccines approved in Saudi Arabia, do not need to quarantine themselves upon arrival in the Saudi.
Other countries in the gulf region are also expected to announce similar decisions for entry in the upcoming days.