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India withdraws travel restrictions imposed on visiting UK nationals


Reciprocal travel curbs that were issued by the Centre for travellers arriving from the United Kingdom has now been withdrawn by the government. Guidelines which were issued on February 17 will now be applicable for all UK nationals travelling to India.

“Revised guidelines for UK nationals arriving in India issued on October 1, 2021, stand withdrawn, and earlier guidelines on international arrival dated February 17, 2021, shall be applicable for those arriving in India from the UK”, said the Ministry of Health, on October 13.

On October 1, the Centre had decided to impose reciprocal travel curbs, including mandatory quarantine, for travellers arriving from the UK. The stringent rules were applicable from October 4 for all UK nationals arriving in the country, irrespective of their vaccination status.

India took this decision after the UK recognised Covishield vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India but retained the 10-day quarantine period for fully vaccinated travellers from India.

However, on October 7, UK decided to scrap quarantine for all Indian travellers fully vaccinated with Covishiled or any other vaccine recognized by the UK government. Thus now, India has also relaxed the stringent curbs it had imposed.


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