In India’s Tit-for-Tat move, UK visitors will be subjected to a 10-day quarantine, according to sources

NEW DELHI: According to NDTV, all British citizens travelling in India from Monday will be subjected to a mandatory 10-day quarantine, regardless of vaccination status, in retaliation for the UK’s highly unpopular comparable measures for residents of numerous nations, including India.

“From October 4, all UK nationals arriving in India from the UK, irrespective of their vaccination status, will have to undertake three COVID-19 RT-PCR tests – within 72 hours before travel, on arrival at the airport, and on Day 8 after arrival, and mandatory quarantine at home or in the destination address for 10 days after arrival in India,” sources said.

The UK government has been chastised for refusing to recognise tourists as vaccinated unless they had their injections in a few specific countries, which has been described as discriminatory and even “colonialist.”

Fully dosed newcomers from a number of countries will be able to enter England without quarantine beginning October 4 under new travel rules announced last month. Vaccinated people from large swaths of the world, on the other hand, face stricter restrictions, including a 10-day home quarantine.

Harsh Shringla, India’s foreign secretary, branded the rules “discriminatory” and warned that “reciprocal action” would be required.

The United Kingdom changed its policy to include the widely used Covishield vaccination as an approved vaccine, although India is still not on the list of eligible locations to acquire a dose.
As a result, those who received Covishield in the United Kingdom are considered vaccinated, whilst those who had it in India are not.

Last week, British authorities told NDTV that the problem was not with the vaccine, but with India’s “vaccination certification” process, and that the two countries had made “progress” in recognising each other’s certifications following high-level negotiations.

Week back, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla slammed the British government, claiming that the exclusion of Covishield was racist.

According to Dr. RS Sharma, CEO of India’s National Health Authority, certification following coronavirus vaccinations in India is a centralised national system controlled by the CoWIN app and portal, and the platform has “no issues” and is fully consistent with WHO criteria.

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