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Fully vaccinated Indians to be treated as ‘unvaccinated’ in UK, need to quarantine

By Priyanka Verma 
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Fully vaccinated Indians to be treated as ‘unvaccinated’ in UK, need to quarantine

Fully jabbed Indians will not be considered vaccinated in the United Kingdom, as per the new travel rules in the UK, and will have to undergo 10 days of quarantine.

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Reacting to the new 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.”

The UK government has said if a person has been vaccinated in Africa, or South America, or countries including UAE, India, Turkey, Jordan, Thailand, Russia, they are considered unvaccinated and will have to follow quarantine rules.

Rules for Indians – even fully vaccinated in India:

Before you travel to England you must:

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.Take a pre-departure Covid-19 test to be taken in the 3 days before you travel to England

.Book and pay for day 2 and day 8 Covid-19 tests to be taken after arrival in England

.Complete your passenger locator form any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in England

After you arrive in England you must:

.Quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days

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.Take a Covid-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8

Individuals considered fully vaccinated by the UK Government will not have to:

.Take a pre-departure test

.Take a day 8 Covid-19 test

.Quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days after you arrive in England

If recognised as fully vaccinated under the new UK travel rules, one has to:

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.Book and pay for a day 2 Covid-19 test to be taken after arrival in England

.Complete your passenger locator form any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in England

.Take a Covid-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive in England

UK’s travel rules divided countries into three different categories — Green, Amber and Red. India came under the Amber category.

According to the new change in rules, there will be only one category — Red, and simplified travel rules from other countries. The rules will depend on the vaccination status of individuals travelling to the UK.

The UK Government website said, “From 4am Monday 4 October 2021, the rules for international travel to England will change from the red, amber, green traffic light system to a single red list of countries and simplified travel measures for arrivals from the rest of the world. The rules for travel from countries and territories not on the red list will depend on your vaccination status.”

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