No Quarantine in the UK for Fully-Vaccinated Indian Travelers
The UK, on October 7, announced that Indian travellers fully vaccinated with Covishield or any other UK-approved Covid-19 vaccine will no longer have to undergo the mandatory 10-day quarantine upon arrival in the UK from October 11. Having no quarantine in the UK comes as a major relief to all students.
Earlier, the UK had not even added Covishield to its list of approved vaccines. This drew sharp criticism from India, as many believed the decision to be “discriminatory”. Following this, the UK, on September 22, revised its travel advisory and included Covishield as an accepted vaccine. However, it still required Indians to quarantine and get tested on arrival. This meant the country still required fully-vaccinated travellers from India to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in Britain. The UK had also said it didn’t accept the Cowin certificate which led to a major row between the two countries.
However, recently, a British High Commission spokesperson said the decision to remove quarantine rules for fully-vaccinated Indian passengers was made after close technical cooperation between both countries’ ministries taking public health factors into account.
The spokesperson added that the extension of vaccine certification is a further step to let people travel more freely again in a safe and sustainable way while also protecting public health.
British High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis tweeted about the news and also thanked the Indian government for close cooperation during that time period.
No quarantine for Indian 🇮🇳 travellers to UK 🇬🇧 fully vaccinated with Covishield or another UK-approved vaccine from 11 October.— Alex Ellis (@AlexWEllis) October 7, 2021
Thanks to Indian government for close cooperation over last month. pic.twitter.com/cbI8Gqp0Qt
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