Vaccine certification row: No quarantine, UK relents on Covishield jab

Those not fully vaccinated must take a pre-departure test, and must take a Covid-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8, and self-isolate for 10 days

New Delhi, October 7

Ending a diplomatic row on vaccine certification, the UK government on Thursday added India to its list of vaccine-eligible nations, meaning vaccinated Indian travellers will no longer be required to quarantine from October 11.

“The UK has further opened up international travel and will recognise India's vaccine certification system from October 11. The decision was taken after close technical cooperation between our ministries,” said a spokesperson of the British High Commission in India.

“The extension of vaccine certification is a further step to enable people to travel more freely again in a safe and sustainable way,” the spokesperson said.

From October 11, Indian travellers who have received both doses of Covishield or another UK-approved vaccine at least 14 days before arrival in the UK can travel without having to quarantine; will not be required to take a pre-departure test or day 8 test following their arrival. Those not fully vaccinated must take a pre-departure test, and must take a Covid-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8, and self-isolate for 10 days. — TNS

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