Bangladesh has been added to the UK government's list of approved COVID-19 vaccines and the countries with approved COVID-19 proof of vaccination, according to an announcement from the UK's Department for Transport.
"Bangladesh vaccine certification is now recognized by British authorities. Our (London) Mission contacted them (the UK authorities) and described our processes and now they recognize our vaccine certification," said foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen in a message today.
The certification will be effective from 4am on October 11, he added.
The foreign minister also informed that Bahrain decided to remove Bangladesh from red list countries starting from October 10, 2021.
Meanwhile, a press release issued by Bangladesh High Commission in London said from 4am Monday 11 October onwards, people fully vaccinated with UK-approved vaccines will no longer require a 10-day hotel or home quarantine and a COVID-19 pre-departure test.
However, a COVID-19 test should be taken on or before the Day 2 after arrival in England. Vaccination certificates issued by relevant Bangladesh authorities are also required for all travellers as proof of vaccination status.
"This decision is a reflection of warm bilateral relations between Bangladesh and the UK and a result of the High Commission's sustained diplomatic efforts to remove the remaining obstacles to business, tourism and essential travel between the two countries," said Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK Saida Muna Tasneem welcoming the decision.
Earlier on September 17, Bangladesh was removed from the UK government's travel red list, which came into effect at 4am on September 22.
The travellers who have not been fully vaccinated with a UK authorized vaccines must quarantine for 10 days, either at home or where they are staying, and should undergo a Day 2 and Day 8 Covid test.