Covishield approved by UK after protest by India

Covishield approved by UK after protest by India

India had warned UK of "reciprocal measures" if the issue of vaccine certification is not addressed at the earliest. 

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After strong objections from India, UK has revised its travel advisory stating that Covishield qualifies as an approved Covid vaccine. 

Now on, fully vaccinated Indians will not be subjected to 10-day quarantine period in UK. 

UK travel advisory has been revised after strong protests by India and warnings of “reciprocal measures” if the vaccine certification issue is not resolved at the earliest. UK had laid down new rules for India and some more nations regarding vaccination, wherein it had stated that even fully vaccinated from India would be considered unvaccinated and would be required to face quarantine period upon arrival in UK.

This update certainly means that fully vaccinated Indians will not be required to go under isolation as the advisor now states, “You must have had a complete course of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in England”.

This also means that a pre-departure RT-PCR test is no longer needed as long as travelers (pre-vaccinated) book a two-day test after arrival in UK and complete the mandatory passenger locator form in advance.

Meanwhile, a British High Commission spokesperson said, "We are engaging with Government of India to explore how we could expand UK recognition of vaccine certification to people vaccinated by a relevant public health body in India. Indian travellers to the UK must follow the ‘non-vaccinated rules."

(source and inputs:indiatvnews)

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