India has decided to impose reciprocity on UK nationals arriving in India from the UK. New regulations will come into effect from October 4, and will be applicable to all UK nationals arriving from the UK.

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According to ANI, all UK nationals arriving in India from the UK from October 4, irrespective of their vaccination status, will have to undertake – pre-departure COVID-19 RT-PCR test within 72 hours before travel, RT-PCR test on arrival at airport, RT-PCR test on Day 8 after arrival.

Described as discriminatory and even “colonialist”, the UK government has faced intense backlash over its refusal to recognise visitors as vaccinated unless they received their shots in a handful of select countries.

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Under travel rules unveiled last month, fully dosed arrivals from nations such as the US, Israel and Australia will be allowed to enter England without quarantine starting October 4. But vaccinated people from vast swathes of the world still face tougher restrictions, including a 10-day home isolation period.

India’s Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla called the rules “discriminatory” and warned that “reciprocal action” may be warranted.