Why UK citizens travelling to India must quarantine, even if they've had both Covid vaccines

The Indian government has ruled that all Brits arriving from the UK must quarantine. Credit: AP

Words by Sanjay Jha, ITV News, Delhi

After UK government’s refusal to accept India’s vaccine certificate, India has announced a mandatory 10-day quarantine for all UK nationals arriving in India from the UK irrespective of their vaccination status.

The new regulations will come into effect from October 4 and will be applicable to all UK nationals arriving from the UK.

They will be required to take a pre-departure PCR test within 72 hours prior to travelling, as well as subsequent tests on arrival at the airport and on day eight after their arrival.

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UK nationals will also be required to undertake a mandatory quarantine at home or in their destination address for 10 days. The new rules apply irrespective of travellers having had both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

The news comes after the UK government categorised travellers from India who have received the Covishield vaccine as "unvaccinated", a decision the UK later reversed.

Earlier, India and UK authorities held several rounds of talks but the UK is yet to take a call on accepting India’s vaccine certification.

The two countries had 10 days of technical discussions that were expected to resolve the issue but the development indicates negotiations have broken down.