Australia becomes the 11th country in the world to recognise Covaxin , countries like Mauritius , Oman , Philippines , Nepal , Mexico , Iran , Sri Lanka , Greece , Estonia and Zimbabwe has already recognised the ‘Bharat Biotech’s’ Covaxin .
Australia today recognised India’s Covaxin for the purpose of travel to the country as it eased curbs on international travel. After more than 18 months of some of the world’s strictest Coronavirus border policies, millions of Australians are now free to travel without a permit or the need to quarantine on arrival in the country .
This recognition is for travellers aged 12 and over who have been vaccinated with Covaxin, and those 18 to 60 who have been vaccinated with BBIBP-CorV,” a media release from the Australian government said.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), Australia’s regulatory authority for therapeutic goods, said that it has obtained additional information demonstrating that these vaccines provide protection and potentially reduce the likelihood that an incoming traveller would transmit COVID-19 infection to others while in Australia or become acutely unwell due to COVID-19.
Unvaccinated travellers will still face quarantine restrictions and all travellers need proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding. Australia previously let only a limited number of citizens and permanent residents return from abroad, with a mandatory 14-day quarantine period in a hotel at their own expense .