In an official memorandum, India’s Ministry of Health has said that its October 1 guidelines for UK nationals visiting the UK have been withdrawn and the previous rules will apply to international arrivals on February 17.
According to travel rules from February, airlines need to ensure that passengers get a negative result of an RT-PCR test before boarding a flight in the UK. Upon arrival, passengers are required to take a test at the first point of entry.
If the passenger tests positive, they should isolate themselves until the treatment is completed. If they test negative, the passenger must be quarantined at home for seven days and re-tested on the eighth day.
On October 1, the Indian government imposed mutual travel restrictions, including mandatory quarantine, regardless of vaccination status. They were a product of diplomatic tensions between the two countries over the Indian-made AstraZeneca. Covid-19 vaccines
The UK had earlier refused to recognize CoveShield, which serves the Serum Institute of India in Pune. The UK government recognizes only vaccination certificates from a handful of countries, such as the United States, European countries, and the UK-administered vaccine program.
Under the UK’s travel policy in September, fully vaccinated Indians had to be isolated for 10 days and take Covid 19 tests at their own expense. This led to speculation about the UK’s lack of confidence in Indian vaccination certificates and Indian-made vaccines.
The laws were called “discriminatory” and even “colonial” by many in India, especially since the majority of Indians were administered the Cove Shield, an Indian-made version of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which It is exported to many countries under the CoAX alliance.
Indian Foreign Minister Subramanian J. Shankar raised the issue with his British counterpart Liz Truss in New York on September 21 and allegedly urged her to address the need for quarantine for vaccinated Indians.
The British government subsequently amended its travel guidelines to approve the Indian-made version of the AstraZeneca vaccine, but did not include India in the list of countries exempt from quarantine. As a result of this move, New Delhi imposed quarantine rules on British citizens.
After a severe reaction and after one Long line of negotiations and accusations, The British government abolished the mandatory quarantine rule for Indian travelers from October 11.
Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi And his British counterpart. Boris Johnson There was a telephone conversation on Monday where he welcomed the recognition of Indian vaccine certification by the UK.
The two prime ministers discussed the importance of a joint fight against the corona virus and the importance of carefully embarking on international travel, the British government said in a statement.
“They agreed that the recognition of Indian vaccine certification by the UK is a welcome step towards that end,” he said.