UK to end quarantine for Indians who are vaccinated with Covidshield
UK – Ending a diplomatic row over vaccine certification, the government of the UK has added India to the list of countries that are vaccine-eligible for Covishield. This means that fully vaccinated Indians will no longer be required to quarantine on arrival in Britain from October 11.
Officials from both the embassies thanked the Indian government for close cooperation on the vaccine matter over last year. Separately, the UK issued a fresh travel advisory and said the “red list” will reduce to seven countries and “proof of vaccination will be recognized from 37 new countries and territories including India from 4 am on Monday.
This announcement came at an opportune time when India was being hopeful of finding a solution to the vaccine certification row. It is believed that the recognition and extension of vaccine certification is a further step to enable people to travel more freely again, in a safe and sustainable way, while protecting public health.
Maintaining the same protocol, even Indian government will be allowing British travelers to travel to India without the need to quarantine at any declared destination on entry into India.
Grant Shapps, who is UK Transport Secretary added that this will be a step towards restoring people’s confidence in travel is key to rebuilding our economy and leveling up this country. With fewer restrictions and more people traveling, we can all continue to move safely forward together along our pathway to recovery.
Adar Poonawalla, who is the CEO of a Drug company, Serum Institute India (SII) which is solely responsible for creating Covidshield in India thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson for setting a great example of cooperation in two countries and also recognizing the vaccine at global level.