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India mandates 10-day quarantine for travellers from UK

  • India retaliates to UK’s refusal to ease Covid rules for travellers from here; starting October 4, incoming travellers from UK will also have to furnish a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR report

New Delhi: With UK refusing to ease its Covid-related rules for Indian travellers despite multiple warnings, India has announced reciprocal measures. Henceforth, travellers coming from the UK will have to present a negative RT-PCR test and undergo 10-day quarantine. This will be irrespective of their vaccination status.

The rule, which will be effective from October 4, will be applicable to all UK nationals coming from UK.

As per the rules laid down by the Indian government, travellers will have to take a Covid-19 RT-PCR test within 72 hours before departure. This will be followed by a test on arrival at the airport and then on the eighth day after arrival. They will have to remain quarantined for 10 days upon arrival.

India’s vaccines were not in the approved list of UK. Later, it approved AstraZeneca’s Covishield. But that did not make any difference to India as it is not among the countries whose vaccination procedures are recognized in the US.

Thus, even after receiving both doses of Covishield from India, a traveller from here will have to undergo quarantine in the UK, besides presenting a negative report of Covid-19 test.


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