As per the latest news. India will be within its rights to inductee reciprocal measures if the UK does not address concerns over the new travel rules relating to COVID-19 vaccine certification, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Tuesday describing the policy as “discriminatory”.
His comments came hours after External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar sturdily took up the issue of Covishield-vaccinated travelers being required to quarantine in the UK with newly-appointed British Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss at a meeting in New York.
As per the official sources, India will take reciprocal measures against travelers from the UK if its concerns are not addressed by October 4 when the new rules will come into effect.
According to new rules, Indian travelers who received both doses of the Covishield vaccine formed by the Serum Institute of India will be considered unvaccinated and will have to undergo self-isolation for 10 days. At a media briefing, Shringla said he has been told that certain “assurances” were being given by the UK that the issue will be resolved.
Congress MP and former minister Shashi Tharoor said he had annulled a planned book tour of Britain to protest against the rules. “It is offensive to ask fully vaccinated Indians to quarantine,” he said.
Shringla said India had offered some partner countries the option of mutual recognition of vaccine certification. Well, it is sort of a discrimination against India that UK is placing unreasonable hindrances for people who are vaccinated with Covishield.