India Fumes at Being Left Off UK COVID Travel List, Imposes New Guidelines for Brits

India was angered at being left off the U.K.'s COVID-19 travel list, which eases quarantine and testing requirements for fully vaccinated travelers from certain countries, and imposed new guidelines for U.K. citizens visiting India.

On Monday, the U.K.'s government eased the travel restrictions on more than 50 countries but excluded many from the developing world.

The New Delhi government on Friday imposed reciprocal restrictions on travelers from Britain to India, requiring British citizens to undergo COVID-19 testing and quarantine for 10 days, similar to the restrictions placed on Indian residents visiting the U.K.

A spokesman for the British High Commission in India said the U.K. is attempting to work with the Indian government to ease travel for Indian residents, Asian News International reported.

"We are continuing to engage with the Government of India on technical cooperation to expand U.K. recognition of vaccine certification to people vaccinated by a relevant public health body in India," the spokesperson said.

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India was left off the U.K.'s list of eased travel restrictions, and imposed reciprocal restriction guidelines. A health worker prepares a dose of the Covaxin vaccine against COVID-19 at a vaccination center in New Delhi on Sept. 29, 2021. Sajjad Hussain/AFP via Getty Images

As part of the new regime, Britain eased entry requirements for fully vaccinated travelers from 18 countries, including Canada, Japan and the United Arab Emirates. It builds on a pilot phase with U.S. and most European countries that began over the summer.

The Department for Transport said it would take a "phased approach'' to recognizing vaccines administered by additional countries and territories.

"The U.K. government is continuing to work with international partners as we seek to more regularly expand the policy to further countries and territories,'' the department said.

Under the new rules, Britain scrapped its traffic light system for international travel, which applied different rules to travelers from countries in three different categories of COVID-19 risk. Now there are just two categories: a "red list," which bars most non-essential travel, and the rest of the world.

But travelers from non-red list countries aren't all treated equally.

Those who have been fully vaccinated with one of four authorized vaccines and have a certificate from a recognized public health agency are now allowed to enter the U.K. without a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test and without being required to quarantine on arrival.

But travelers coming from countries whose vaccination programs aren't recognized by U.K. authorities will still be required to show a pre-departure test and quarantine for 10 days.

Most countries in Africa and South America, as well as major Asian nations such as China, India and Vietnam, don't have vaccination programs that are authorized by the U.K.

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Simplified international travel rules took effect Monday in the U.K., easing quarantine and testing requirements for fully vaccinated travelers from more than 50 countries. Store employee Martin Matio, who is of Armenian ancestry and moved to the U.K. after living in California in the U.S., puts out stock after a delivery at a branch of the Tool Shop hardware stores in the Bayswater area of central London, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021. Matt Dunham/AP Photo