Starting from October 11, Indian travellers fully vaccinated with both doses of Covishield will not require to be quarantined in the United Kingdom, British high commissioner to India Alex Ellis tweeted today.
The statement ended the tussle between both countries over COVID travel policies.
"Good evening! From Monday, 11th October, travellers from India to the UK, double jabbed by Covishield or any other vaccine recognised by the UK regulator does not have to quarantine. So it will easier and cheaper to enter the UK. This is great news," Alex Ellis said in a video message, thanking the Indian government for the continuous cooperation with the UK government.
On October 1, in response to the UK quarantine rules for Indians and citizens of several nations, including those vaccinated with UK-approved Covishield, India had imposed mandatory 10-day quarantine for British citizens irrespective of vaccination status.
Described as discriminatory and even "colonialist", the UK government had faced intense backlash over its refusal to recognise visitors as vaccinated unless they received their shots in a handful of select countries.