UK lifts quarantine for fully vaccinated US, EU travellers; India still on red list

The United Kingdom on Wednesday lifted 10-day compulsory quarantine for fully-vaccinated travellers from the US and European Union (EU). The new rules will come into effect from next Monday.

For now only people who received both their jabs of Covid-19 vaccine in the UK can avoid quarantine when arriving from these “amber list” countries under the government’s traffic list travel system.

UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announcing new rules said, they have taken great strides to reopen international travel, “And today is another important step forward. Whether you are a family reuniting for the first time since the start of the pandemic or a business benefiting from increased trade this is progress we can all enjoy,” he said.

He added that further relaxations will depend on the latest scientific data.

India, however continues to remain on the red list under the international traffic system, which means if fully vaccinated, the travellers must undergo compulsory 10-day hotel quarantine on reaching England. The further review of that status is expected by the middle of next week.

India’s status on the travel advisory remains uncertain with Delta variant first detected in India continuing to be the dominant variant in the UK. France remains outside this ambit amid a surge in Beta variant cases in the country.

Meanwhile, these amber list arrivals who have been fully vaccinated in the EU and US countries will still be needed to complete a pre-departure test before arriving in UK, along with a PCR test done on or before Day 2 after arrival.

(Inputs from agencies)

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