UK: No quarantine for fully-jabbed Indians from Oct 11
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BRINGING to end a diplomatic row with India over the decision to make vaccinated Indians serve a mandatory quarantine period on arrival to the UK, the British high commissioner to India on Thursday (7) said that Indians who have been fully vaccinated with Covishield or any other jab approved by the UK will not have to serve the quarantine period when they are in the UK starting October 11.
High commissioner Alex Ellis said in a tweet, “No quarantine for India travellers to United Kingdom fully vaccinated with Covishield or another UK-approved vaccine from 11 October. Thanks to Indian government for close cooperation over last month.”
On October 1, the Indian government imposed a reciprocal 10-day mandatory quarantine for British citizens coming to India in response to the European nation’s rules which many in India called “discriminatory”.
The UK government faced a massive backlash over its refusal to allow visitors in the country as vaccinated unless they got their jabs in a handful of selected nations.
Indian parliamentarian Shashi Tharoor, who had pulled out of an event in London to protest the decision, thanked the British authorities with an emoji in response to Ellis’s tweet.