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India gets even: Mandates 10-Day quarantine, Covid test for all flyers from UK

By Saima Siddiqui 
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India gets even: Mandates 10-Day quarantine, Covid test for all flyers from UK

New Delhi: Taking a reciprocal measure over UK’s hugely controversial travel rules relating to Covid-19 vaccine certification, the central government has decided to impose a mandatory 10-day quarantine, irrespective of vaccination status, on all British nationals arriving in India, with effect from October, 4 as per reports. 

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The measures come in response to the UK government’s latest travel rules where ‘Covishield’ is an approved vaccine against Covid-19 but India’s vaccine certificate is not recognised. India’s stern measure comes after the Indian government warned of ‘reciprocal measures’ to the UK government’s differential treatment of India’s vaccination

“From October 4, all UK nationals arriving in India from the UK, irrespective of their vaccination status, will have to undertake three COVID-19 RT-PCR tests – within 72 hours before travel, on arrival at the airport, and on Day 8 after arrival, and mandatory quarantine at home or in the destination address for 10 days after arrival in India,” sources said.

Described as discriminatory and even “colonialist”, the UK government has faced intense backlash over its refusal to recognise visitors as vaccinated unless they received their shots in a handful of select countries.

Under travel rules unveiled last month, fully dosed arrivals from nations such as the US, Israel and Australia will be allowed to enter England without quarantine starting October 4. But vaccinated people from vast swathes of the world still face tougher restrictions, including a 10-day home isolation period.

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India’s Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla called the rules “discriminatory” and warned that “reciprocal action” may be warranted.

The UK adjusted its policy to include the ‘Covishield’ shot widely used in India as an approved vaccine, but the Asian country still isn’t on the list of acceptable places to receive a dose. As a result, people who received ‘Covishield’ in the UK count as vaccinated, while those who got it in India do not.

British officials told media last week that the issue was not the vaccine itself but the issues with India’s “vaccination certification” process and the two sides announced “progress” in recognising each other’s certificates after high-level talks.

Dr RS Sharma, CEO of India’s National Health Authority said certification after coronavirus vaccinations in India is a centralised national system managed through the CoWIN app and portal and there are “no issues” with the platform.

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