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UK relaxes travel rules but no relief for Indian travelers


If you are fully vaccinated in UK, US, EU and 17 other countries, you will be exempt from pre-departure testing, but here’s the catch, UK still hasn’t recognized vaccines from India.

The UK is set to ease travel rules from October 4. Going forward, the government will only have a red list of countries from which travel is banned and common rules for the rest of the world.

If you are fully vaccinated in UK, US, EU and 17 other countries, you will be exempt from pre-departure testing, but here’s the catch, UK still hasn’t recognized vaccines from India. So even if you have been vaccinated in India, you will be considered unvaccinated.

Asked about this, Serum’s Adar Poonawalla said he was “shocked and surprised”. He also asked why countries still had not found common ground on vaccine passports.

CNBC-TV18’s Parikshit Luthra reports that the UK government says it is to make a factory visit to the Serum Institute of India as part of regulatory approval for the Covishield vaccine, although Adar Poonawalla said the visit had already took place in the first quarter of 2021..

CNBC-TV18 also learns that talks are underway to accept each other’s vaccine certificates. India said it would accept UK digital certificate if UK recognizes India Co-Win certificate.

A spokesperson for the British High Commission said: “The UK is committed to reopening international travel as soon as possible and this announcement is a further step in allowing people to travel more freely, in a safe manner again. and sustainable, while protecting public health. We are engaging with the Indian government to explore how we could extend UK recognition of vaccine certification to people vaccinated by a relevant public health body in India. “

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(Edited by : Aditi Gautam)

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