In view of the vaccine certificate issue with the United Kingdom, Indian government is all set to impose the ‘reciprocal’ regulations on the UK nationals arriving India from October 4, including a mandatory 10-days quarantine at the destination address.
According to the sources in the government, the decision was taken after the talks between the two countries in the last 10 days failed to resolve the issue.
Indian officials have held two technical meetings with UK representatives; in the first one the British High Commissioner personally met the chief executive of the National Health Authority on September 2; the second meeting was held on September 21 between the technical teams of the two sides, Hindustan Times reported on Friday.
Sources added, besides home quarantine, all UK nationals arriving India will also have to take a pre departure covid test within 72 hours before travel, an RT PCR test on arrival at Indian airport, which is to be followed by another RT PCR test on the 8th day of stay in India.
On September 22, UK government while accepting the Covishield vaccine kept India out of the 18 countries on an approved vaccinations list, requiring Indians to follow rules set out for “non-vaccinated” travellers.