India to issue new travel guidelines as UK scraps discriminatory COVID-19 norms

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The Center will issue new guidelines for foreign nationals from the UK following the British government’s order to discontinue vaccination with Kovidshield and mandatory COVID-19 norms for those traveling from India to the UK.

New Delhi: The British government seems to have learned its lesson after India issued tight-for-tat quarantine guidelines for travelers arriving from the UK.

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The Center will issue new guidelines for foreign nationals from the UK following the British government’s order to discontinue vaccination with Kovidshield and mandatory COVID-19 norms for those traveling from India to the UK, sources said on Friday. .

News agency ANI quoted sources as saying, “The health ministry is going to issue new guidelines for foreign nationals from the UK, as the country has introduced mandatory testing and quarantine norms for those vaccinated with the covidshield traveling from India to the UK. ordered to close.”

This comes a day after the UK government announced that no quarantine would be required for vaccinated Indian travellers.

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The British High Commissioner to India, Alex Ellis, said on Thursday that no quarantine would be required for fully vaccinated Indian travelers to the UK from October 11, leading to controversy over what New Delhi described as “discriminatory” travel rules by London will end.

Last month, London announced new rules, making 10-day quarantine and RT-PCR testing mandatory even for fully vaccinated Indians traveling to the UK.

Angered by the move, India in retaliation has taken reciprocal measures for UK citizens traveling to India from 4 October.

Earlier today, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his British counterpart Liz Truss held talks on Friday and agreed to facilitate travel between the two countries.

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Jaishankar tweeted, “Great to talk to UK Foreign Secretary @trussliz. Agreed to facilitate travel between our two countries. This will help implement Roadmap 2030.”

First published:October 8, 2021, 5:05 pm

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