Covid-19: India warns of compulsory quarantine for Brits in vaccine travel spat
New Delhi on Tuesday warned the UK that its citizens would face reciprocal measures over London’s new “discriminatory” Covid-19 rules requiring travellers from India to quarantine even if they are fully vaccinated.
England and Scotland will ease pandemic restrictions from early October, but the list of countries with approved vaccines does not include India, despite the country using a locally made version of the AstraZeneca vaccine created in Britain.
“The basic issue is that, here’s a vaccine — Covishield — which is a licensed product of a UK company manufactured in India of which we have supplied five million doses to the UK at the request of the government,” Foreign Secretary of India Harsh Vardhan Shringla told reporters in New Delhi.
Calling the non-recognition of Covishield “a discriminatory policy”, he said that negotiations were underway with Britain over the new requirements.