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External Affairs Minister Jaishankar speaks to his UK counterpart on travel related issues

By PTI

NEW DELHI: A day after the UK announced lifting of its quarantine rule for Indian travellers, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday spoke to his British counterpart Liz Truss, focusing on issues related to travel between the two countries. .

The UK announced on Thursday that Indian travelers who have been fully vaccinated with both doses of Kovidshield or any other vaccine approved by it will not be required to undergo a 10-day mandatory quarantine upon arrival from October 11.

Jaishankar tweeted, “Great to talk to UK Foreign Secretary @trussliz. Agreed to facilitate travel between our two countries. This will help implement Roadmap 2030.”

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The Roadmap 2030 was adopted at a virtual summit in May between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart Boris Johnson.

The roadmap aims to elevate bilateral ties to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and guide cooperation in key areas of trade and economy, defense and security, climate change and people-to-people contacts over the next decade.

The British High Commissioner to India, Alex Ellis, announced the removal of quarantine rules for Indian travelers on Thursday evening.

Ellis said, “From Monday, travelers traveling to the UK from India, double jabbed with Covishield or any other vaccine recognized by the UK regulator, do not need to be quarantined. It will be easier and cheaper to enter the UK. It is very good. There’s news,” Ellis said. A video statement.

Separately, the UK issued a new travel advisory saying the “red list” would be reduced to seven countries and that “proof of vaccination would be recognized from 37 new countries and territories, including India, from 4am on Monday.”

Under new British rules that came into force on 4 October, Indians fully vaccinated against Covid-19 had to undergo a 10-day quarantine as the UK had issues with India’s COVID-19 vaccine certification.

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India also implemented reciprocal action whereby all British nationals arriving in India from the UK are required to undergo a mandatory 10-day quarantine, even if they are fully vaccinated.

In its latest travel advisory, the UK said the government expanded the inbound vaccination arrival system to 37 countries and territories around the world, including India, South Africa and Turkey, meaning eligible vaccinated travelers arriving from the rest of the world Only needed to take the “Two Day Test in England”.

People familiar with the matter said Indian travelers who have received both doses of either Covishield or any other UK-approved vaccine will also not need to take a pre-departure test nor will they need to be tested a day after their arrival. will be required.

The UK initially refused to recognize the Covishield manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII).

However, following India’s strong criticism of the decision, the UK revised its new guidelines on 22 September to include the vaccine.

The move did not provide any relief to Indian travelers from vaccination rules with two doses of Covishield.

Later, British officials said the UK had a problem with India’s vaccine certification process and not the Covishield vaccine.

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