India Lifts Reciprocal Restrictions On The UK After London Withdraws Quarantine Rules For Indians

In its revised travel guidelines, the UK announced to treat Indian travellers who received both shots of the Covishield vaccine as unvaccinated. The UK didn’t give approval to CoWin certificate and implemented mandatory quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers arriving from India. In a reciprocal move, India imposed 10-day mandatory quarantine and Covid-19 tests on all British Nationals. This tit-for-tat move started from October 4 onwards.

However now, in a significant development, India withdrew the travel restrictions that it had imposed on UK nationals earlier. Issuing a fresh order, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said the earlier, restriction-free guidelines on international arrival shall be applicable for those arriving in India from the UK.

India Earlier Mandated Strict Travel Restrictions On UK Arrivals As ‘Tit-For-Tat’ Action

All British nationals arriving in India were asked to undergo a 10-day mandatory quarantine irrespective of vaccination status. All arrivals were asked to undertake three Covid-19 RT-PCR tests within 72 hours prior to travel, on reaching the airport and on day 8 after arrival. Apart from this, they had to undergo quarantine at home or at the destination address for 10 days after their arrival in India. The Central government implemented the new regulations as a reciprocal measure to UK’s similar travel restriction on fully vaccinated travellers arriving from India. 

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Earlier UK Announced To Treat All Indian Travellers As Unvaccinated

Despite including Covishield in the list of its approved vaccines, UK refused to approve the CoWin certificate that shows the vaccination status of people who received the jab in India. The new UK rules state that fully vaccinated Indian travellers who received both doses of Covishield will be treated as unvaccinated in the UK and must undergo mandatory quarantine and tests. These new British rules drew massive criticism in India. Former Union Ministers, Shashi Tharoor and Jairam Ramesh slammed UK’s new Covid-19 rules. Ramesh addressed it as “smacks of racism”. India warned the UK of reciprocal measures if the country doesn’t remove its “discriminatory” travel restrictions. With no response from the UK, India implemented the tit-for-tat move.

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