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Highlights:

  • British High Commissioner to India, Alex Ellis expressed his “delight” at the policy reversal by the Boris Johnson administration
  • He added that the next step is relaxing the way for business travelers to come to India
  • The new travel rules to the United Kingdom will be implemented from October 11

On Saturday, British High Commissioner to India, Alex Ellis expressed his “delight” at the policy reversal by the Boris Johnson administration, stating that people are “desperate” to travel to India from the United Kingdom. Earlier this week, he mentioned that the UK administration will recognize the vaccination status of Indian nationals double jabbed with the Covishield COVID-19 vaccine.

Alex Ellis said, “I’m absolutely delighted that the UK government cooperated very well with the Indian government. Now, this enables Indian visitors, vaccinated with recognized vaccines, which include Covisheild, to enter the United Kingdom without quarantine. We now have to get people moving between the two countries. People are desperate to come here.”

He added that the next step is relaxing the way for business travelers to come to India, and opening up more flights. On being questioned about the possibility of British regulators recognizing Covaxin, he responded, “We have to look at each process and, in turn, at each vaccine. We start with the ones recognized by the regulators, and that includes Covishield.”

A major diplomatic row sparkled between New Delhi and London after the UK issued its revised entry rules, which demanded Indians to undergo 10 days quarantine, even after being fully inoculated with Covishield. The Covisheild, COVID-19 vaccine is the Indian version of Britain’s AstraZeneca vaccine.

However, later the Boris Johnson-led administration recognized Covisheild but did not approve India’s coWIN-generated vaccine certificates. In a tit-for-tat response, India imposed reciprocal measures. The respective entry norms were enforced from October 4.

The new travel rules to the United Kingdom will be implemented from October 11. Successively, it is expected that India will lift the quarantine rules for those arriving from Britain.

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