The Govt of India on Wednesday lifts the Covid-19 travel restrictions on United Kingdom nationals that it had imposed earlier this month.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in a fresh order said the earlier guidelines on international arrival dated 17th February 2021, shall be applicable for those arriving in India from the UK.
India Lifts Travel Restrictions For UK Nationals
“Revised guidelines for UK nationals arriving in India issued on October 1, 2021, stand withdrawn, and earlier guidelines on international arrival dated February 17, 2021, shall be applicable for those arriving in India from the UK.”Ministry of Health said in a order today.
India Imposed Reciprocal Measure
India on October 1, in reciprocal measure, decided to impose 10-day mandatory quarantine on arrival for all UK flyers among other restrictions. Under the guidelines, all UK nationals will also have to undertake the pre-departure COVID-19 RT-PRC test within 72 hours before travel. They will also have to undertake a COVID-19 RT-PCR test on arrival at the airport and an RT-PCR test on Day 8 after arrival.
India took this decision after the UK recognized the Covishield vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India but retained the 10-day quarantine period for fully vaccinated travelers from India.
However, on October 7, UK decided to scrap quarantine for all Indian travelers fully vaccinated with Covishield or any other vaccine recognized by the UK government. Thus now, India has also relaxed the stringent curbs it had imposed.
Guidelines For UK Nationals
As per the latest order of the Ministry of Health, travel guidelines that were announced on 17th February 2021, will now be applicable for all travelers arriving from the United Kingdom.
According To The Previous Travel Advisory;
- All international travelers coming/transiting from flights originating from the United Kingdom must submit a self-declaration Form (SDF) for COVID on the online Air Suvidha portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) before the scheduled travel and will be required to declare their travel history (of past 14 days).
- All the passengers arriving from United Kingdom must carry a negative RT-PCR Test report for which test should have been conducted within 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey. The same also shall be uploaded on the online portal.
Check Full Guidelines Form Here: Indian Govt Issues New Guidelines For International Arrivals