U.K. to drop 10-day quarantine for Indians from October 11

Travellers should be fully vaccinated with approved vaccines, says British High Commissioner

Indian travellers arriving in the United Kingdom will not be required to remain in mandatory 10-day quarantine from October 11, British High Commissioner Alex Ellis announced on Thursday. The announcement was made as part of the revised British policy regarding international travel to the U.K., which will be continuously reviewed by health officials in London to track spike in cases of COVID-19 abroad.

“No quarantine for Indian travellers to UK fully vaccinated with Covishield or another UK-approved vaccine from 11 October.

Thanks to (the) Indian government for close cooperation over last month,” said High Commissioner Alex Ellis in an official announcement on social media.

The development came hours after the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi reiterated that the British travel restrictions on vaccinated Indian travellers are “discriminatory”. In a counter-measure India had imposed new travel restrictions requiring 10-day mandatory quarantine on U.K. passport holders, that came into effect on October 4. Both sides however maintained that talks were under way to resolve the deadlock over the U.K.’s disinclination to recognise vaccination certificates from India.



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