Many countries are slowly opening their borders to fully vaccinated Indians without the need to quarantine.There is some great news here for Indian tarvellers waiting to travel to the UK. The UK government lifted the quarantine guidelines for the fully vaccinated passengers from India vaccinated with Covishield. Issuing a statement, Alex Ellis, British High Commissioner to India, said that no quarantine is required for Indian travellers to the UK who have been fully vaccinated with Covishield or any another UK-approved vaccine from October 11.
Earlier, Indians were asked to undergo a 10-day quarantine, irrespective of the vaccination status. The UK government said that any person vaccinated in Africa, or South America, UAE, India, Turkey, Jordan, Thailand, Russia, will be considered unvaccinated and should follow the quarantine rules. Reacting to the change in rules, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said, “Absolutely bizarre considering Covishield was originally developed in the UK and The Serum Institute, Pune has supplied to that country too! This smacks of racism.” However now, The United Kingdom will reopen on October 4 to indian passengers vaccinated with Covishield against COVID-19, easing pandemic-related restrictions on India.
What Are The Travel Rules For Unvaccinated Passengers?
If you are traveling to the UK, you should be abreast of these new rules:
- Carry an RT-PCR test report taken 72 hours before departure.
- Book and pay for RT-PCR tests that you should take on day 2 and day 8 after arrival in England.
- Fill passenger locator form any time in the 48 hours before departure.
Fully vaccinated Indians travelling to UK will be treated as unvaccinated by the UK and will have to go through 10 days self quarantine followed by a test. Strange because Covishield was developed in the UK! India should return the favour.
— Rahul Shivshankar (@RShivshankar) September 20, 2021
What Are the Quarantine & Testing Rules After Arrival In UK?
Once you arrive in England, you must do the following if you are not vaccinated with Covishield:
- Quarantine at home for 10 days in England.
- Take a Covid-19 test on or before day 2 and day 8 after arrival.
The red list, which covers over 50 countries, is in place to protect public health in the UK. We do not want current travel restrictions to be in place any longer than necessary and recognise the disruption they cause and the impact on people’s lives. https://t.co/uf6tq9GFow
— UK in South Africa🇬🇧 (@ukinsouthafrica) September 20, 2021
UK’s travel rules divided countries into 3 different categories — Green, Amber, and Red. India falls under the Amber category and according to the new rules, only one category will be recognised and that is, Red.
Watch out this space for more such international travel updates.