According to the new British guidelines on the approved list of Covid-19 vaccines, India would be added to the ‘list of countries and territories with approved proof of vaccination from 04:00hrs on Monday 11th October’.
Speaking about this, Alex Ellis, British High Commissioner tweeted that there will be ‘no quarantine’ for Indian travellers who are fully vaccinated with Covishield or any other UK approved vaccine and thanked the Indian government for its close co-operation over the past month.
“From Monday… a traveller from India to the UK, double jabbed with Covishield or another vaccine recognised by the UK regulator, does not have to quarantine. It will be easier and cheaper to enter the UK. This is great news,” said the High Commissioner.
This move is in accordance with the comprehensive strategic partnership agreed to by the prime minister of the two countries. Britan has issued thousands of visas to students, business travellers and tourists in recent months.
“Some of the noise about this issue over the last few weeks just shows how keen people are to travel to the UK and I’m delighted by that. So, let’s now go further. Let’s open up more flights between the two countries, let’s get British tourists able to come into India… let’s facilitate business travellers who are trying to come into India with e-visas,” said Ellis in a video statement.
Indians arriving in the UK before October 11 must follow ‘rules for people who are not fully vaccinated according to the new guidelines. “If you arrive after that, you can use a vaccine certificate to prove your vaccination status,” said a notification from the government,
As a part of updated travel rules, UK also removed 47 countries and from Monday onwards the red list will be reduced to seven countries and proof of vaccination will be recognised from 37 new countries and territories, including India, Brazil, Ghana, Hong Kong, Pakistan, South Africa and Turkey.
Eligible travellers vaccinated in these 37 countries and territories will “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”, said a statement.