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Government lifts travel restrictions for UK nationals, no mandatory 10-day quarantine

The Union Health Department, which leaked the information in a statement, said revised guidelines for British nationals visiting India on October 1, 2021, have now been withdrawn.

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New Delhi: The central government has withdrawn the Covid-19 travel advisory on additional screening and restrictions for passengers arriving from the UK.

The Union Health Department, which leaked the information in a statement, said revised guidelines for British nationals visiting India on October 1, 2021, have now been withdrawn.

According to the previous notice, UK nationals coming to India should self-quarantine at home or at the specified destination address for 10 days after arrival.

In addition, all passengers arriving from the UK were asked to undergo an RT-PCR test at the airport and again another RT-PCR test after eight days of arrival in India.

The Indian government’s move comes just days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart Boris Johnson had a phone conversation.

The two leaders during their conversation on October 11 spoke of the importance of collectively fighting Covid-19 and of a cautious opening of international travel.

The UK had previously ruled that Indians, who had been fully vaccinated with Covishield, would not need to remain in quarantine upon arrival.

The British government published these new regulations a few days ago.

Under previous rules, people arriving in the UK from a number of countries, including India, should be quarantined for 10 days and also undergo a Covid-19 RT-PCR test.

The UK had also made quarantine of fully vaccinated people mandatory.

India strongly opposed the decision and called the decision discrimination.

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