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As a result of a policy introduced by the Union government on October 1, British nationals travelling to India would undergo a 10-day mandatory quarantine from today, October 4 onwards.
Indian nationals coming from Britain were exempted from this policy and it only mandated British nationals travelling to India from the United Kingdom.
Travellers would have to take an RT-PCR test before and after arrival in India even if they were fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Reportedly, travellers would be under quarantine at the place of their choice (hotel, motel, and destination) and would be required to take another RT-PCR test on the seventh day.
If failed to follow the rules, heavy fines would be imposed, said reports.
These new rules were enacted by the Government of India in response to the UK government’s policy of not recognising Covishield (COVID-19 vaccine).
The UK government had earlier issued orders, which mandated for the Indian travellers coming to the UK to undergo mandatory 10-day quarantine even if they were fully vaccinated.
Moreover, the UK government lead by Prime Minister Boris Jonson did not recognise Covishield as a valid vaccine against COVID-19 in their safety protocols.
Reportedly, the British ambassador to India was set to resolve this tug of war between the two countries.