UK eases travel restrictions, moves India from red to amber list for arrivals
Travellers from India can now complete their 10-day quarantine at home or place of stay
Easing travel restrictions for Indian arrivals into UK starting this Sunday, the UK government has moved India from Red to the Amber list.
This change comes as a relief to travelers to UK, as passengers from India will no longer be subjected to compulsory 10-day hotel quarantining.
Visit Visas for the UK from India are also open now, in addition to other visa long-term visas that have remained open.
The changes are expected to come as a big relief to students as well as others planning to travel to the UK from India.
Explaining the changes which come into effect from August 8, the British High Commission in India said travelers arriving in England can complete a 10-day quarantine at home or in the place they are staying.
Under the voluntary Test to Release scheme, they can choose to pay for a private Covid-19 test on day 5 of the quarantine. If the result is negative, they can end their quarantine.
According to the rules, a passenger from an Amber list country must take the Covid-19 test in the 3 days before travel to England. They need to book and pay for COVID-19 tests to be taken after arrival in England and complete a passenger locator form.
The UK Government's update to the ‘Red-Amber-Green’ traffic light ratings for arrivals into England said, from 4am (BST) on Sunday 8 August, India will move from the red to the amber list.
Fully UK vaccinated and people under the age of 18 –do not need to quarantine or take a day 8 test after arriving in England.
Similar rules apply to those who have been fully vaccinated in the USA or many European countries.