India is going to implement a reciprocal quarantine policy for British citizens coming to India. This comes after the UK government’s travel advisory mandated a 10-day quarantine for even fully vaccinated Indians, who took the Covihield vaccine, travelling to the country. Sources say the new travel rules will be applicable from Oct 4. 

According to sources, the Indian travel advisory mandates a 10-day quarantine at home or the destination address for UK nationals. It is, however, unclear if the rules will be applicable only for British passport holders or by PIO and OCI card holders as well. The measures also include a compulsory RT-PCR test on arrival in India and an RT-PCR test on Day 8 after arrival.

This move was anticipated after India strongly condemned the discriminatory move by the British authorities. The UK government received heavy backlash for not recognizing the Indian digital vaccination certificates. The UK said that their reservation was about the Indian vaccination certificate format that did not include the certificate holder’s date of birth. The Indian government later added the option to download an international format of the vaccination certificate which includes the person’s date of birth. However, this did not result in a change of quarantine rules for Indian citizens.

The British government is yet to respond to the reciprocal travel restrictions by India. Sources suggest that New Delhi is waiting for the UK government’s response to decide on the future course of action. The EU earlier kept Covishield out of the list of recognized vaccines while including the AstraZeneca vaccine on the same list. However, member states, including the UK, later individually recognized the vaccine for considering a person as inoculated.