Travelling to the UK got easier
From 11th October 2021, travellers who have had both doses of Covishield will no longer be obligated to take pre-departure and day 8 PCR tests or get into a 10-day quarantine at an affirmed address. This new rule brings vaccinated Indians corresponding to other entitled countries, passengers are only obligated to take a day 2 PCR test after entering the UK.
Please keep in mind that, the Department for Transport confirmed that, “From 11 October, entitled passengers vaccinated in over 37 new countries and territories including Brazil, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, South Africa and Turkey, will also be considered the same as reverting completely vaccinated UK residents, on condition that they have not been to a red list country or territory in the past 10 days afore coming to England”.
Those travellers who are not fully vaccinated with one of the four UK-recognised vaccines – Oxford/AstraZeneca (including Covishield), Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna, Janssen – must take a pre-departure test, along with day 2 and day 8 tests, and self-isolate for 10 days. Passengers can also go for shortening their home quarantine to around five days under the “test to release” service.
Furthermore, India had enforced equal measures, obligating vaccinated British travellers to also quarantine at an acknowledged destination on coming to India, in the middle of a diplomatic row over vaccinated Indians being considered in a different way from other countries.
Following UK’s updated travel rules, S Jaishankar , Indian External Affairs Minister tweeted on Friday, “Good to talk to UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss. Decided to ease travel between our two countries. This will aid implement the Roadmap 2030,”
From late October 2021, entitled completely vaccinated travellers will have the choice to substitute their day 2 test with an inexpensive lateral flow test, after a free PCR test if positive, lessening the cost of tests on arrival into England.
On 17 September 2021, the UK announced a new travel system which only has a red list and rest of the world. The latest rules apply to rest of the world arrivals in England from 4 October 2021.