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Jaishankar talks to UK counterpart for ‘facilitation of travel’ between countries

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

On Thursday, the UK announced that Indian travelers vaccinated with both doses of Covishield or any other vaccine approved by it will not be required to undergo a 10-day mandatory quarantine upon arrival from 11 October.

After Friday’s conversation, Jaishankar tweeted: “Nice to talk to UK Foreign Secretary @trussliz. Agreed to facilitate travel between our two countries. This will help in implementing the Roadmap 2030.”

The ‘Roadmap 2030’ was adopted at a virtual summit in May between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart Boris Johnson. It 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 removal of the quarantine rule for Indian travelers was announced by the British High Commissioner to India, Alex Ellis on Thursday evening.

 

“From Monday, travelers traveling to the UK from India, double jabbed with Covishield or any other vaccine recognized by the UK regulator need not be isolated. It will be easier and cheaper to enter the UK. This is great news,” Ellis said in a video statement.

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