In a major relief for Indian travellers, the UK on Thursday announced that people who are fully vaccinated with Covishield or any other UK-approved vaccine will not be quarantined when they arrive in Britain from October 11.
It said that it would recognise the vaccine status on arrivals from more countries in the latest easing of restrictions.
Taking it to Twitter, British High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis wrote, "No quarantine for India travellers to the United Kingdom fully vaccinated with Covishield or another UK-approved vaccine from 11 October. Thanks to the Indian government for close cooperation over last month.”
This means that Indian travellers who are fully vaccinated with locally-produced Covishield Covid-19 vaccine will not be required to undergo mandatory 10-day quarantine any more.
The UK government said in a statement, “Eligible fully vaccinated passengers and eligible under 18s returning from countries and territories, not on the red list, can do so with just a day 2 test.”
This comes after the UK government faced intense backlash over its refusal to recognise as vaccinated unless they received their shots in a handful of select countries. Many described this move as discriminatory and even ‘colonialist.
In response to this, India had imposed mandatory 10-day quarantine for British citizens irrespective of vaccination status on October 1.
Talking about easing restrictions, Britain's Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps also tweeted, "I'm also making changes so travellers visiting England have fewer entry requirements, by recognising those with fully-vax status from 37 new countries and territories including India, Turkey and Ghana, treating them the same as the UK fully vax passengers.”
According to the new rules, if a person travelling to the UK isn't fully vaccinated with one of the four UK-recognised vaccines - Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna and Janssen - or any formulation of these vaccines, including Covishield, the person must take a pre-departure test and must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8, and self-isolate for 10 days.