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Centre lifts 10-day quarantine for passengers from UK

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The Union government on Wednesday lifted the 10-day mandatory Covid-19 quarantine for passengers from the United Kingdom after Britain exempted Indians from compulsory quarantine if fully vaccinated with Covishield doses on Monday.

According to a statement issued by Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal, “Based on the evolving scenario, it has been decided that the revised guidelines… stand withdrawn and the earlier guidelines on international arrival dated 17th February 2021 shall be applicable to all travellers arriving in India from the United Kingdom.”

The decision came on expected lines, after the UK recognised India’s Covishield vaccine, which is a formulation of the Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine, but raised some doubts over India’s vaccine certificate. Between October 4 and 11, Indians administered with both doses of Covishield had to undergo mandatory quarantine in the UK like non-vaccinated travellers.

After the UK agreed to recognise Covishield and its certificate on October 11, the Centre said it will issue similar relaxation for UK travellers soon. With the mandatory quarantine now lifted, those coming from the UK to India with complete vaccination status will require a negative RT-PCR test report and a self-declaration form.

Read the government order here:

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