New Delhi: The central government has withdrawn its Covid-19 travel advisory on additional screening and restrictions for travelers arriving from the UK.
The Union Health Ministry, which disclosed this information in a statement, said that the revised guidelines for UK nationals arriving in India on October 1, 2021 have now been withdrawn.
As per the earlier advisory, UK nationals arriving in India will be required to quarantine at home or at the given 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 another RT-PCR test eight days after their arrival in India.
The Indian government’s decision comes just days after a telephonic conversation between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart Boris Johnson.
The two leaders during their talks on 11 October discussed the importance of collectively fighting against COVID-19 and opening up of international travel cautiously.
The UK had earlier decided that Indians, who had been fully vaccinated from Kovidshield, would not need to be in quarantine upon their arrival.
The UK government issued these new rules a few days ago.
As per the earlier rules, people coming to the UK from many countries including India will have to be quarantined for 10 days as well as undergo a Kovid-19 RT-PCR test.
The UK also made it mandatory for those who were fully vaccinated to undergo quarantine.
India had strongly objected to this decision and termed the move as discriminatory.