EU Green Pass: India proposes reciprocal formula to ease travel | India News

NEW DELHI: India has proposed to the European Union a reciprocal formula to accept Covaxin and Covishield vaccines to facilitate international travel with the region.
Sources in the government has said that EU member states have been individually requested to recognise the vaccines being administered in India, and exempt beneficiaries from mandatory quarantine after arriving in the region.
It was also requested that the vaccination certificates, available and verifiable on the government’s CoWin portal be recognised.
India, in turn, would exempt travelers from the concerned EU member states from mandatory quarantine if they carried EU Digital Covid Certificate.
The European Union’s Digital COVID certificate framework to facilitate free movement comes into effect on Thursday.
Under this framework, persons who have taken vaccines authorised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will be exempted from travel restrictions within the EU.
Currently, only four vaccines — Comirnaty of Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Vaxzervria by AstraZeneca-Oxford and, Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen — have been approved by EMA.
However Covishield and Covaxin, being administered in India are not on the list.
There have been apprehensions in India that people who took Covishield and Covaxin jabs are unlikely to be eligible to travel to the European Union member states under its ‘Green Pass’ scheme.
External affairs minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday took up the issue of inclusion of Covishield and Covaxin on the EU list during a meeting with Josep Borrell Fontelles, the high representative of the European Union. The meeting took place on the sidelines of a G20 meeting in Italy.
(With inputs from agencies)

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