India slaps retaliatory covid-19 related travel curbs on UK

Oct 3, 2021: A senior official in New Delhi on Friday said that British nationals visiting India would have to undergo mandatory quarantine even if they fully vaccinated in retaliation for UK curbs on Indian citizens, a senior government source in New Delhi said on Friday.

The new rules, which take effect from Monday, follow the UK decision to require Indians vaccinated with AstraZeneca’s Covishield to quarantine.

India mainly relies on the Covishield vaccine, developed by AstraZeneca (AZN.L) and manufactured in India by Pune-based Serum Institute, which is not recognised by Britain under new rules, despite being identical to the doses given to millions of Britons.

AstraZeneca is one of the main providers of the UK’s vaccination program, along with its American partners Modern (MRNA.O) and Pfizer (PFE.N). “India has decided to impose mutual relations on British citizens coming to India from the UK,” the source said.

Government sources in India’s capital New Delhi last month responded to Foreign Minister Subramanian J. Shankar’s response by warning that he had called for an early solution after meeting with his British counterpart at the UN General Assembly in New York.

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