The decision comes as a relief to the Indian diaspora in the UK, who had been demanding for easing travel restrictions between India and the UK.
Because India has been moved from the country’s “red” to “amber” list, fully vaccinated Indians coming to the UK will no longer be required to stay in a 10-day hotel quarantine.
Returning from an Amber list country entails a 10-day quarantine at home or any location of one’s choice, under Britain’s traffic light system for International travel.
After arriving in the UK, Indian nationals can now quarantine for 10 days at a location of their choice. After 5 days of quarantine, they will retain the option to “Test to Release”.
Those flying from India must take a covid test three days before their journey and book two covid tests to be taken on the arrival in England, as well as fill out a passenger locator form when they arrive.
Passengers must quarantine for 10 days after arrival in England, but at home or in any area they have confirmed as their destination, and test on or before day two and on or after day eight.
If an Indian national pays for a private COVID-19 test through the “Test to Release” scheme, which allows them to pay for a private Covid test on day five, they may be able to get out of quarantine sooner. The quarantine can be lifted if the result is negative (and the day 2 test was also negative or inconclusive). The option is only available if the traveler has spent at least five days in England.
Thousands of Indian families and students planning trips to the UK may be affected by the change from red to amber status.
The Department of Transportation has announced that the change will take effect at 4 a.m. local time on the 8th of August.
“The UAE, Qatar, India, and Bahrain will be transferred from the red to the amber list. All changes take effect at 4 a.m. on the August 8th “Grant Shapps, the UK Transport Secretary, tweeted.
“While it’s important that we maintain our careful approach, it’s exciting to be able to expand the number of locations available to people who want to connect with their families, friends, and enterprises around the world, owing to our successful domestic vaccination program,” said Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP
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