10 Day Quarantine, Negative RT-PCR Report Mandatory For Passengers Arriving From UK Starting Oct 04

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The Indian govt on Friday imposes reciprocal action on UK nationals arriving in India and makes negative RT-PCR test, 10-day quarantine mandatory irrespective of vaccine status.

These new regulations will come into effect from October 4, and will be applicable to all UK nationals arriving into the country.

This new restrictions comes after the UK revised its international travel guidelines and makes quarantine and negative Covid-19 test mandatory for travelers from India.

New Guidelines For Passengers From United Kingdom

From October 4, all UK nationals arriving in India from the UK, irrespective of their vaccination status, will have to undertake the following measures:

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  • Pre-departure Covid-19 RT-PRC test within 72 hours before travel
  • Covid-19 RT-PCR test on arrival at airport
  • Covid-19 RT-PCR test on Day 8 after arrival
  • Mandatory quarantine at home or in the destination address for 10 days after arrival in India

The home ministry and civil aviation ministry will be taking steps to implement the new measures.

UK New Travel Policy

On September 17,  the United Kingdom has issued fresh guidelines and announced a major relaxation of international travel rules for vaccinated travelers arriving in the country but said that Indian travelers who have got both doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine will be considered “unvaccinated” and will have to undergo 10 days of quarantine.

However, on October 22, the Govt of United Kingdom (UK) approved Covishield, the Indian version of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for travel.

In its revised travel advisory, the UK govt says that Covishield qualifies as an approved vaccine but travelers from India will still need to quarantine.

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UK’s Travel Policy Discriminatory

It may be noted that the Union Health Secretary of India Rajesh Bhushan has reacted to the United Kingdom’s travel policy and said that the dispensation being used for travel from October 4 is a discriminatory practice.

“We will repeat what MEA is saying. We believe the dispensation being used for travel is a discriminatory practice. We also reserve the right to do the same.” said Rajesh Bhushan


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