Faced with India’s reciprocal measures against British nationals over the past few days, the UK government has lifted restrictions on Indian travelers to the UK.
From 11 October, there will be no quarantine for Indian travelers who have been fully vaccinated with Covishield or any other vaccine approved by the UK.
Announcing this on Thursday night, British High Commissioner Alex Ellis said, “From Monday 11 October, a passenger traveling from India to the UK, double jabbed with a COVID shield [Covishield] or any other vaccine recognized by a UK regulator not required to be quarantined. Therefore, it will be easier and cheaper to enter the UK. This is good news.”
Ellis last month thanked the Indian government for its close cooperation.
While there was no official word from the government, it is expected that New Delhi will also lift the ban on British nationals coming to India from the UK.
Earlier in the day, India said it was hopeful of finding a solution to the controversial vaccine certification row with the UK through talks, even as it insisted that the UK’s travel restrictions on Indian nationals ” clearly discriminatory”.
Last week, India decided that UK nationals arriving here from that country would undergo a mandatory 10-day quarantine from October 4 (Sunday midnight), weeks after the UK imposed similar restrictions on Indian travellers. .
British travel rules also came into force from 4 October.
India made changes COVID-19 Vaccination certificate including date of birth, but it took time to go through its internal procedures before British authorities lifted the ban.
A spokesman for the British High Commission said on Thursday: “The UK has further opened up to international travel and will recognize India’s vaccine certification system from October 11. Following close technical collaboration between our ministries, taking into account public health factors Decision was taken.
To lift restrictions and open up travel from the Indian side, the British High Commission said, “We’ve been open to Indian travelers for months actually, we’ve been issuing thousands of visas to students, business travelers to tourists, and more. This is the result of excellent discussions with the Indian authorities… Now let’s move on. Let’s start more flights between the two countries…”