After the mandatory 10-day UK quarantine for Indian nationals upon arrival, India has also fought back with a similar rule for UK citizens arriving in India. Reports suggest 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.
Indian Foreign Minister Harsh Vardhan Shringla first spoke of such reciprocal action on September 21.
Along with the mandatory quarantine period, travelers from the UK must also take a COVID-19 RT-PCR test within 72 hours of travel. This rule remains regardless of the traveler’s vaccination status. Additionally, there will be another RT-PCR test upon arrival. That’s not all, travelers from the UK are also required to have another RT-PCR test on the 8th day after arrival.
Then there is the question of compulsory quarantine, which can be done at home or in a destination address for a period of ten days.
India‘s decision on these new rules is reciprocal, as the UK has implemented a mandatory quarantine for Indian travelers, regardless of vaccination status. This remains true even after the UK acknowledged that the Serum Institute of India manufactured Covishield as a valid vaccine for travelers.
For now, scheduled international flights remain suspended in India, but there are planes that fly under the travel bubble agreements.