Fully vaccinated Indians wishing to enter the United Kingdom will no longer be obliged to follow the ten-day mandatory quarantine requirement upon their arrival, as the UK’s government has placed India from the red to amber list of countries.
In April, authorities in the United Kingdom placed India on the red list of countries that consists of territories highly affected by the Coronavirus; therefore, only citizens of the UK were permitted to travel, following testing and quarantine rules, VisaGuide.World reports.
However, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) emphasized that all persons arriving in Britain from India and who have been vaccinated there are obliged to stay self-isolated at home or at the designated location mentioned on the mandatory locator form.
The requirement to undergo compulsory ten-day isolation in hotel quarantines at an additional cost of 1,750 pounds per head has also been abolished. However, only travelers vaccinated in the UK or Europe would be exempted from the home quarantine requirement.
“We recognize there are a large variety of COVID-19 vaccines being administered worldwide, and work is ongoing to determine which non-UK vaccines and certification solutions to recognize,” a DHSC source pointed out in this regard.
At present, travelers from countries included in the amber list of the UK’s traffic lights system are required to undergo a COVID-19 test three days before departure and book in advance for two Coronavirus tests to be taken upon their arrival in England. In addition, they are also required to complete a passenger locator form when entering Britain.
Travelers must quarantine for ten days at home or other specific places for quarantine upon their arrival in England. Besides, they will also be required to take a COVID-19 test on the second and eighth day of their arrival.
Under-18s and persons fully vaccinated against the virus in the UK are excluded from the home quarantine, as well as persons who have received both jabs in the US and EU.
In addition, exempt are also those “fully vaccinated in the UK or under the UK vaccine program overseas; under 18 on the day you arrive in England and resident in the UK or a country with a vaccination program approved by the UK; and part of a UK-approved vaccine trial.”
Even though international flights remain suspended due to the current Coronavirus situation, under the bilateral agreement between both the UK and India’s government, a limited number of flights between both countries continue to operate.
After the UK’s government announced that India moved from the red to the amber list, an increase in bookings has been reported.
According to the figures published by the World Health Organization, India has registered a total of 31,969,954 cases of COVID-19 infection and 428,309 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. Such figures led authorities in the UK to keep in place their strict preventive measures in order to stop the further spread of the virus.
Besides India, authorities in the UK previously eased the entry rules for fully vaccinated travelers from France, permitting the latter’s citizens to enter the UK without being obliged to undergo quarantine upon their arrival.
In addition, the UK’s government also announced that travelers from the following countries would be permitted to enter the UK restriction-free, after estimating the COVID-19 situation in them; Austria, Germany, Latvia, Norway, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia.