The ban on visitors from India entering the UK began this morning after the Asian country was added to the government’s “red list” of countries ravaged by the pandemic.
India on Thursday reported a world record 315,000 daily cases.
Restrictions that took effect at 4am prevent travellers who have been in India in the previous 10 days from entering the country unless they are British or Irish citizens, have residency rights or work in particular fields.
“We appreciate people have to travel for business, and that there are huge links between ourselves and India [but] the situation has worsened an incredible amount in the last few days,” Caroline Dinenage, digital and culture minister, told Sky News.
“We don’t want to take these steps but we will take them if necessary,” Dinenage added.
Under the rules, British nationals and other individuals who are allowed to enter the UK have to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days.