The DHSC has confirmed that all arrivals from India who have been vaccinated in India are required to isolate at home or their designated location mentioned on the compulsory locator form. | Photo Credit: Getty Images
India has announced a mandatory 10-day quarantine for all travellers from the UK to the country, regardless of their vaccination status, people familiar with the development have said. The measures are in response to the latest UK government travel regulations, in which Covishield is an approved vaccine against Covid-19 but does not recognise India's vaccine certificate. India's tough move comes after the Indian government warned of "reciprocal measures " against the UK government's tiered treatment of Indian vaccination.
Despite their vaccination status, all passengers arriving from the UK must be quarantined upon arrival in India. In addition, they must provide the result of the RT-PCR test within 72 hours of departure. On arrival and on day 8, you should repeat the RT-PCR tests. The mandatory quarantine can be done at home or at the destination address. These new rules are exactly in line with UK travel rules.
The UK government recently revised its travel policy effective October 4, initially excluding Covishield from the list of approved vaccines. He then added Covishield to the list but did not approve the CoWin certificate, which confirms the vaccination status of a person vaccinated in India. This will give doubly vaccinated Indians traveling to the UK the status of unvaccinated travelers and will have to quarantine anyone in the UK if their vaccination card is not accepted.
There have been several rounds of talks between Indian and UK officials, one of which was attended by National Health Authority Chair RS Sharma and UK High Commissioner Alex Ellis. After the meeting, the two expressed their satisfaction and said that there appeared to be no problems with Covishield or the certificate. India would consider including the full date of birth on the certificate of departure.
However, the "reciprocal" movement suggests that the Covishield problem has not been solved.
India strongly condemned the British government's decision as it made it clear that there was no problem with the vaccine or the Covishield vaccination card. Covishield is a formulation of the Oxford Astrazeneca vaccine, which India has also exported to the UK and is certified to meet all World Health Organisation standards, the government said.
As the Department of Health is enforcing a new policy for travellers from the UK, all states and the UT have been notified of successful international airports that can accommodate flights from the UK. Officials from the United States Integrated Disease Surveillance Program were briefed as they oversee the Day 8 quarantine and home testing. All port and airport health organisations have been informed as they also play a key role in the process. at entry level.
Sources:- Hindustan times
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