India asks UK to review the ongoing travel ban

India asks UK to review the ongoing travel ban

Indian foreign secretary, Harsh Vardhan Shringla said that the UK Foreign Office has now been briefed regarding the covid situation in India. India is hoping that the UK will be encouraged to review the travel ban from India. Shringla said that many Indian cities are almost free of COVID at this point. The Foreign Minister arrived in the UK for a two-day visit.

India is currently on the red list of the UK, therefore, travel is banned from India to the country. The Foreign Secretary during his visit mentioned that here in India, cities such as Delhi, and Mumbai, and practically COVID-free, and that the country is taking all measures to avoid a third wave.

Delhi reported 66 new covid cases in the last 24 hours, while Mumbai reported 413 new cases during the same period. The country is going through a decline in the number of infections after the horrific second wave, but citizens are ought to take special care as restrictions begin to relax.

The Foreign Secretary briefed UK officials on the COVID situation in the country while pointing out that France had cleared visitors from India, and that too, without quarantine for fully vaccinated passengers. The US too has upgraded India in terms of travel, from no travel to consider travel in its advisory.

Currently, because India is in the red list, which basically bans Indans from travelling to the UK, while returning travellers are required to quarantine for a period of ten days. With a decrease in the number of infections in India, travel to the UK could soon be possible.

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