UK ends mandatory quarantine for fully vaccinated Indians from Oct 11

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The ongoing conflict between India and Britain over the quarantine rules is likely to end. On Thursday, the High Commissioner of Britain in India said – people going to Britain from India will not have to stay in Quarantine there after October 11. However, these people will need to be vaccinated from CoveShield or another brand (which is approved by the UK).

Earlier, the UK government had said that those who are coming to the UK from India and have taken both doses of the corona vaccine, they will still have to be quarantined for 10 days like those who do not take the vaccine and will have to undergo tests. The move was widely criticized in India. In response to this, India had made a 10-day quarantine and corona test necessary for those coming from Britain.

On 24 September, the Indian government had said that we can respond to Britain in the same manner. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan had told that the governments of both the countries are talking among themselves. He had called the restrictions on Indian travelers discriminatory.

India had also given a befitting reply to the ongoing Corona ban on Indian travelers in Britain. According to the new rules, travelers coming from Britain will have to isolate for 10 days in India. The government had issued this order on October 1. Apart from this, it was also made mandatory for the people of UK to undergo RTPCR test.

According to the order, the passenger will have to undergo a test even after the dose of the vaccine is applied. Travelers will be required to undergo RTPCR test up to 72 hours before the start of the journey and 8 days after arrival. This order came into effect from 4 October.

Britain has given its response shortly after the order was issued. A spokesman for the British High Commission in India said that the UK government is in talks with the Indian government on the technical aspects of validating the vaccine in India.

Britain also recognized Coveshield, but added some conditions for Indians. India had also expressed displeasure over this. According to the new rules, Indians who have received both doses of the Kovidshield vaccine will still have to remain in quarantine for 10 days on arrival in the UK and will also have to undergo tests. Indian citizens had called this decision of Britain racial. In response to this, Britain said that they have no problem with those who get Coveshield. They cannot trust India’s vaccine certificate.

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