In a significant development, India withdrew the travel restrictions that it had imposed on UK nationals earlier. Issuing a fresh order, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said the earlier guidelines on international arrival dated February 17, 2021 shall be applicable for those arriving in India from the UK.
It must be noted that India had on October 1 decided to impose reciprocal travel restrictions on UK nationals including mandatory quarantine. The strict rules were applicable from October 4 for all UK nationals arriving in the country, irrespective of their vaccination status. India had said that all British nationals arriving in India from the UK will have to undergo a mandatory 10-day quarantine if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
The announcement from the UK follows a diplomatic row after the country had included Covishield in its approved vaccine formulations but refused to recognise Indians vaccinated with it as eligible for travel without quarantine measures. India had imposed reciprocal measures, requiring vaccinated British travellers to also quarantine at a declared destination on entry into India.
“We’re now making it easier and cheaper for people to travel by allowing fully vaccinated travellers from non-red list countries to use Lateral Flow Tests on Day 2 of arrival, as long as they provide proof of use,” said UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid.