After the UK’S mandatory 10-day quarantine for Indian nationals upon arrival, India too has hit back with a similar rule for UK citizens who are arriving in India. Reports suggest that India has decided to go ahead with a mandatory 10-day quarantine rule for UK citizens. The new rule will be in place from October 4.
India’s Foreign Secretary, Harsh Vardhan Shringla had first mentioned about such a reciprocal action back in September 21.
Along with the mandatory quarantine period, travellers from the UK are also expected to undertake a COVID-19 RT-PCR test within 72 hours before travel. This rule stays irrespective of the traveller’s vaccination status. Additionally, there will be another RT-PCR test upon arrival. This is not all, the travellers from the UK are also required to take another RT-PCR test on the 8th day after arrival.
Then there is the question of mandatory quarantine, which can be done at home or in a destination address for a period of ten days.
India’s decision regarding these new rules are reciprocal, since the UK has put a mandatory quarantine in place for Indian travellers, irrespective of the vaccination status. This holds true even after the UK recognised Serum Institute of India manufactured Covishield as a valid vaccine for travellers.
As of now, international scheduled flights remain suspended in India, but there are aircrafts flying under the travel bubble agreements.