UK's Latest Travel Advice For Visitors To India Suggests A 10-Day Quarantine

In a reciprocal step to the UK's position on recognition of India's vaccination certificate, the UK government changed its warning for persons travelling to India a day after India made 10-day quarantine necessary.

UK's Latest Travel Advice For Visitors To India Suggests A 10-Day Quarantine
UK's Latest Travel Advice For Visitors To India Suggests A 10-Day Quarantine

"Travellers arriving in India, regardless of their vaccination status, will be subjected to a COVID-19 RT-PCR test on arrival at the airport and on day 8 after arrival at their own expense, and will be subjected to mandatory quarantine at home or at the destination address for 10 days following their arrival in India," the updated advisory stated, adding that the new rules will take effect on October 4.

A UK government spokesperson told PTI that the government is in "close contact" with India and the travel advisory will be updated with the latest information on any change to the rules. On Friday, India made 10-day quarantine mandatory for all travellers coming to India from the UK, irrespective of their vaccination status. It was an exceptional move as India has not announced such restrictions for any country so far.

The travel ban was imposed in reaction to the UK government's new travel guidelines, which will take effect on October 4. Despite accepting Covishield, an Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine formulation, the UK government has yet to accept India's vaccine certificate. This means that a doubly vaccinated Indian visitor in the UK will face the same 10-day obligatory quarantine as an unvaccinated traveller. 

According to reports, the UK is considering expanding the role of vaccination in allowing persons who have been properly vaccinated overseas to enter the country.  “We are working with an array of international partners and look forward to continuing the expansion of the policy to countries and territories across the globe in a phased approach. Extension of vaccine certification will be reviewed approximately every three weeks,” sources said to PTI.

As the engagement between India and the UK government is still going on and no resolution to the issue has been found, from October 4, 10-day quarantine will be mandatory in both countries, irrespective of the vaccination status.