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The travel guideline the Centre issued on October 1 in a tit-for-tat move to the United Kingdom now stands withdrawn, the Union health ministry has now written to all states and Union territories, lifting the mandatory 10-day quarantine for passengers coming from the United Kingdom.
“Based on the evolving scenario, it has been decided that the revised guidelines…stand withdrawn and the earlier guidelines on international arrival dated 17th February 2021 shall be applicable to all travellers arriving in India from the United Kingdom,” according to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare joint secretary Luv Agarwal.
The Wednesday’s decision comes after the UK’s October 11 earlier decision that it will scrap tough Covid-19 quarantine travel rules for 47 destinations, including India.
The UK initially refused to recognise Covishield, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII). However, following India’s strong criticism of the decision, the UK on September 22 amended its new guidelines and included the vaccine.
However, the move did not provide any relief from quarantine rules for Indian travelers vaccinated with two doses of Covishield. In retaliation, the central government on October 1 decided to impose reciprocal travel restrictions on British nationals arriving in India. The UK relented following this.