UK Eases Travel Restrictions for Indians
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Since India was moved to UK’s amber list on the 8th of August, 2021, travel restrictions for Indians visiting the UK have been eased.
India has been moved from UK’s red list to its amber list from 8th August as announced by the UK Transport Secretary. Earlier, travelers entering the UK had to undergo a 10-day quarantine in a government-approved facility along with an additional cost of 1750 pounds per head. Indian passengers who are fully vaccinated will no longer have to undergo this mandatory quarantine. This privilege, however, is only available to those passengers, who receive jabs approved by the UK’s Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. This includes Oxford’s AstraZeneca and Indian Covishield.
“We recognize there are a large variety of COVID-19 vaccines being administered worldwide and work is ongoing to determine which non-U.K. vaccines and certification solutions to recognize,” a DHSC (Department of Health and Social care) source reportedly said to a trusted news publication, in regard to the recognition of vaccination status by the Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency under UK’s vaccination program within the country and overseas.
After arriving in England, Indian nationals can now quarantine at a location of their choice for ten days. Five full days of quarantine give them the option to “Test to Release.” Those flying from India must take a Covid test three days before their flight and book two Covid tests to be taken on arrival in England, as well as complete a passenger locator form.
People under the age of 18 and those who are fully vaccinated in the United Kingdom, are exempted from home quarantine. The same pertains to those vaccinated in the European Union and the United States.
The United Kingdom has a traffic light system of red, amber, and green list rating countries for coronavirus with a set of rules for the same. People visiting countries on the red list of the United Kingdom’s traffic light system ten days before arriving must take a COVID test before traveling and book a quarantine hotel package along with two COVID tests. On arrival, they must remain quarantined in a managed hotel.
People arriving from the amber-listed countries need not to quarantine in a hotel on arrival. They must take the COVID test before traveling and after arriving irrespective of whether they have been fully vaccinated or not.
The Delta Wave had put India on the United Kingdom’s red list since April end. Airlines have reported a massive surge in bookings soon after India was moved to the amber list.
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