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Jaishankar Urges UK For Early Resolution Of Quarantine Issue As New Travel Rules Consider Indians ‘Unvaccinated’

As per UK’s latest travel rules, people vaccinated in India will be considered ‘unvaccinated’ and will need undergo 10-day quarantine on reaching UK.

EAM S Jaishankar meets UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss in New York. (Image: Twitter/ @DrSJaishankar)

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Monday urged his UK counterpart Liz Truss for an early resolution of quarantine issue in mutual interest. As per UK’s latest travel rules, people vaccinated in India will be considered ‘unvaccinated’ and will need undergo 10-day quarantine on reaching UK.

“Pleased to meet new UK Foreign Secretary @trussliz. Discussed the progress of Roadmap 2030. Appreciated her contribution on the trade side. Exchanged views on developments in Afghanistan and the Indo-Pacific. Urged early resolution of quarantine issue in mutual interest,” said Jaishankar.

As per the new travel rules in the UK, people from India, Africa, South America and several other countries flying to the UK have to go through a 10-day quarantine, during which period they will have to get tested for COVID-19.

Jaishankar is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly high-level week. Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s US visit, he will be holding a series of bilateral and multilateral meetings on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be addressing UNGA on September 25.

Jaishankar will also hold bilateral talks with his Norway, Iraq and UK counterparts in New York.He will be meeting Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soereide, newly appointed UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, and Iraq’s Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein.

“Began my #UNGA meetings with FM Ine Eriksen Soreide of Norway. Appreciated our working together in the Security Council. A comprehensive discussion on Afghanistan. Important for the international community to take a unified approach,” tweeted Jaishankar earlier.

Meanwhile, the United States has allowed fully vaccinated flyers from several countries, including India, to enter America from early November. The US announced that strict protocols will be in place from early November to curb the spread of COVID-19 from international passengers.According to a senior government official, once the protocol is in place, passengers from several countries, including the UK, India and Brazil and Europe would be allowed to enter the US with proof of vaccination.

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