Kerala woman travelling to Germany for research sent back by Qatar Airways over receiving Covaxin


Palakkad native Malavika Menon (25) is the one who had to go through the unfavourable situation. She was sent back from Doha after the authorities said that the vaccine that she had accepted was Covaxin and that it is not accepted by Germany. 

Malavika Menon

Thrissur: A woman who was travelling to Germany for job and research, backed by a fellowship, was sent back home after travelling halfway by Qatar Airways over the vaccine she had received. Palakkad native Malavika Menon (25) is the one who had to go through the unfavourable situation. She was sent back from Doha after the authorities said that the vaccine that she had received was Covaxin and that it is not accepted by Germany.

She submitted Germany’s certificate showing that Covaxin is acceptable in certain situations and in cases of those who have a permit from the government. She also had the certificate issued by the embassy granting her entry into the country. Malavika said that even after showing the immigration certificate, the offer letter sent by the university where she had enrolled, the posting letter, and the supporting letter of the research guide, Qatar Airways did not care to consider those.

She was sent back to Kerala on the next flight. She had set off to Germany from Nedumbassery Airport on May 10 on a Qatar Airways flight. She returned on May 11 after not being allowed to travel to Germany. Her luggage however arrived in Germany. Malavika has secured a post-graduate degree in Genetic Biology from Punjab Central University. She got the opportunity to take up research and join as a faculty member at the Free University of Berlin, a top institute in the country. She has to start her research soon or she will lose her chance.

The Free University of Berlin has sent a mail to the German Embassy stating that it will admit Malavika. Malavika hopes to be able to travel once the embassy exchanges this information with Air France.

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