UK’s New Covid Journey Guidelines Stir Controversy, Jaishankar Urges For ‘Early Decision’

New Delhi: An issue has erupted after the UK introduced its quarantine guidelines for passengers travelling from different nations together with India. As per the brand new Covid-related journey guidelines in the UK, even when Indians have taken each the dose of Covid vaccine they won’t be thought-about vaccinated within the nation and should bear 10 days of quarantine.

Whereas it has relaxed the foundations for these vaccinated with two doses Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, the identical model of the vaccine being manufactured in India by Pune-based Serum Institute of India has been stored out of the listing.

The most recent modifications, introduced on Friday, mandate that solely individuals who have gotten each pictures of a double-dose vaccine similar to Oxford-AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna or the only shot Janssen vaccine “under an approved vaccination program in the UK, Europe, US or UK vaccine programme overseas” might be thought-about absolutely vaccinated.

UK’s journey guidelines had divided nations into three completely different classes — Inexperienced, Amber, and Purple. India got here underneath the Amber class.

In response to the brand new change in guidelines, there might be just one class — Purple, and simplified journey guidelines from different nations. The principles will rely upon the vaccination standing of people travelling to the UK.

The UK Authorities web site stated, “From 4am Monday 4 October 2021, the rules for international travel to England will change from the red, amber, green traffic light system to a single red list of countries and simplified travel measures for arrivals from the rest of the world. The rules for travel from countries and territories not on the red list will depend on your vaccination status.”

Jaishankar Urges UK to supply ‘early decision’ of quarantine concern

Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar urged for an “early resolution” of the COVID-19 quarantine concern throughout his assembly with the newly appointed British Overseas Secretary Elizabeth Truss. The assembly in New York between Jaishankar and Truss got here the identical day because the UK introduced new COVID-related journey restrictions that sparked sharp criticism and issues in India.

Jaishankar arrived in New York on Monday to take part within the high-level 76th session of the UN Normal Meeting.

Congress leaders elevate questions on quarantine guidelines

After the UK launched its journey pointers, Senior Congress leaders Shashi Tharoor and Jairam Ramesh raised questions over towards the UK authorities’s determination to contemplate folks vaccinated in India as non-vaccinated and the necessary 10-day quarantine rule.

Taking to Twitter, Tharoor stated that as a result of new guidelines he has pulled out of a debate at Cambridge Union and withdrawn from the occasions for the launch of the UK version of his e-book “The Battle of Belonging”.

Quoting a thread of tweets by UK news analyst Alex Macheras, Tharoor wrote: “Because of this I have pulled out of a debate at the @cambridgeunion & out of launch events for the UK edition of my book #TheBattleOfBelonging (published there as #TheStruggleForIndiasSoul). It is offensive to ask fully vaccinated Indians to quarantine. The Brits are reviewing!”

Rajya Sabha Congress MP Jairam Ramesh stated that the nation’s new journey laws have a “smack of racism”. Tweeting on the identical dialog thread Ramesh stated, “Absolutely bizarre considering Covishield was originally developed in the UK and The Serum Institute, Pune has supplied to that country too! This smacks of racism.”

The scrapping of an amber listing, which is what India is at the moment on might have lowered the price burden for Indian travellers however an expanded listing of nations whose vaccines are recognised in England doesn’t embrace India, which implies that Indians vaccinated with Covishield the Serum Institute of India produced Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine would nonetheless be required to bear a pre-departure PCR take a look at and additional assessments on touchdown within the UK.

(With PTI inputs)



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