Passengers from India to the United Kingdom who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will no longer have to undergo a 10-day quarantine at a hotel as India has been moved to the amber list from red list.
The change, which was put in place by United Kingdom’s Department for Transport, will be applicable starting Sunday. However, a 10-day home quarantine is still required, according to reports from PTI.
The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain are also included in the list of countries that will be transferred from the red list.
Under the rules for countries on the amber list, passengers must take a COVID test three days before departing and book in advance for two tests that will be taken upon arrival in England as well as complete a passenger locator form on arrival, PTI reported.
“While it’s right we continue our cautious approach, it’s great news to open more destinations for people wanting to connect with families, friends and businesses across the globe, all thanks to our successful domestic vaccination programme,” he said.
The decision has come as a relief for the Indian diaspora in the UK, who had been demanding the easing of travel norms between India and Britain, according to reports from PTI.
The update of the travel list came alongside an announcement that the cost for solo travellers from destinations still on the red list staying at a quarantine hotel will go up from August 12, from GBP 1,750 to GBP 2,285.
The United Kingdom also has a “green list”, where seven countries are being added. These include Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, Romania and Norway.
A “green watch list” is also created by the United Kingdom to categorise countries that are at-risk and could have their travel status altered based on the situation of COVID-19 cases.