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UK revises travel norms; No quarantine for vaccinated Indians travelling to UK from October 11

UK High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis said that from October 11 onwards no quarantine will be required for Indian travellers to his country provided they are fully vaccinated with Covishield or another UK-approved vaccine.

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New Delhi, First Published Oct 7, 2021, 11:43 PM IST
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In a major development, the United Kingdom administration has removed India from its red list of inbound travelling, effective from October 11. 

Now, Indians who have taken both jabs can enter the territory of the United Kingdom without following any quarantine protocols.  

UK High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis said that from October 11 onwards no quarantine will be required for Indian travellers to his country provided they are fully vaccinated with Covishield or another UK-approved vaccine.

The development comes after India sent over 160 UK nationals for mandatory home quarantine. Last month, India had imposed the reciprocal Covid-19 travel rules for the UK nationals arriving in India. 

From next Monday, proof of vaccination will be recognised from 37 new countries and territories and the red list will be reduced to seven nations.

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UK Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps said that from October 11, a total of 47 countries, including South Africa, will be removed from the UK's red list. Post that, only seven countries will remain on the red list.

Shapps said the changes are also being made so that travellers visiting England have fewer entry requirements. 

He further said that the government will recognise fully-vaccinated status from 37 new countries, including India, Turkey and Ghana, treating them at par with UK's fully-vaccinated passengers.

Earlier today, the External Affairs Ministry had said that there can be an early resolution to the India-UK travel row. 

MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi told media persons that the travel issue had been taken up with the United Kingdom at different levels but without success. 

The Indian government had, on October 4 onwards, applied reciprocal measures for all UK nationals arriving in India. 

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