UK to lift quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated travellers from India
Following talks between the two countries, the UK increased its recognition of India’s vaccine certification.
People with full protection using Covishield or another locally-approved vaccine would not have to quarantine from October 11 under new guidelines for travellers entering the United Kingdom.
Following negotiations between the two nations, the UK’s acceptance of India’s vaccine certification was expanded.
The official statement from UK’s Government said that from 4 AM of October 11, eligible travellers vaccinated in over 37 new countries and territories including Brazil, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, South Africa and Turkey, will also be treated the same as returning fully vaccinated UK residents, so long as they have not visited a red list country or territory in the 10 days before arriving in England.
British High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis appreciates Indian govt’s cooperation
The UK’s move to remove the quarantine mandate for fully-jabbed Indians, according to British High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis, will make it simpler and less expensive for Indian nationals to visit the UK.
Quarantine mandate removed after UK’s denial of recognition to India’s vaccine certification
Even almost two weeks after the completion of technical meetings between the two nations that were supposed to address the matter, the UK had failed to make a decision on recognizing India’s vaccination certification.
The British High Commissioner personally visited the chief executive of the National Health Authority on September 2 in the first of two technical sessions with Indian authorities; the second meeting was conducted on September 21 with the technical teams of the two sides.
Despite the fact that the UK recognized Covishield, Indians who were vaccinated with Covishield and travelling to the UK were still subjected to a 10-day quarantine.
UK continuously reducing red list countries
The UK government said that 47 nations and territories will be removed from its red list, making it simpler for more individuals to go overseas to a wider number of countries and territories.
Passengers returning to England from these locations will no longer be needed to pass through quarantine at a hotel.
The government, it said, can confidently lower the size of the red list to focus on nations that represent the highest danger, guided by the UK Health Security Agency’s (UKHSA) assessment, due to ongoing progress on vaccination both at home and throughout the world.