Ground Report | New Delhi: 10-day quarantine for UK Visitors; India has decided to impose reciprocity on citizens of the United Kingdom coming to India from the UK. The new rules will come into effect from 4 October and will apply to all UK nationals visiting here.
According to sources, all UK nationals coming to India from UK, irrespective of their vaccination status, should undergo pre-departure COVID-19 RT-PCR test, RT-PCR test on arrival at airport and RT within 72 hours of travel Will happen. RT-PCR test 8 days after arrival.
The new rules will come into effect from October 4 and will be applicable to all UK nationals arriving from the UK. 8 days after the arrival of Covid-19 RT-PCR test
Compulsory quarantine at home or at the destination address for 10 days after arrival in India. (10-day quarantine for UK visitors)
Sources further said that officials of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Civil Aviation will take steps to implement the new measures.
The new guidelines have been announced in the wake of UK government restrictions, categorizing Indians who have been vaccinated with covidshield as ‘non-vaccinated’.
While it has relaxed rules for those vaccinated with two doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, the same version of the vaccine being manufactured in India by the Pune-based Serum Institute of India has been left out of the list.
While the decision was initially attributed to the exclusion of Covishield from the list of vaccines recognized in the UK, it was later clarified that the British authorities were concerned about the vaccine certification system in India.
On 22 September, the UK announced that Covishield, the India-made version of the AstraZeneca vaccine, has been added to the list of approved vaccines. However, stringent travel norms for Indian travelers will remain in place as the country remains on the amber list of travel guidelines.