UK Eases Travel Restrictions for India

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UK Eases Travel Restrictions for India

In a recent move, the UK government announced that fully vaccinated Indians do not have to quarantine after arriving in the country post-October 11 this year. The UK eased travel restrictions for India further by removing the mandatory and costly quarantine period of 10 to 14 days for international travellers. This new rule is only applicable to international travellers who are fully vaccinated with Covishield and the other UK-approved vaccinations for coronavirus. Travellers are required to take a test on day 2 for COVID. 

Students, working professionals, and travellers arriving in the country after October 11 can use a vaccine certificate to prove vaccination status. Arriving travellers must be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival in the UK. The day a person had taken a final dose of vaccine does not count as one of the 14 days.

Here is a list of UK approved vaccines for travelling and studying in the country:

  • AstraZeneca (Covidshield)
  • Pfizer BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • Janssen

Vaccines available in India like Covaxin and Sputnik have not been approved for travel to the UK by the government till now. COVID restrictions in the UK have been scrapped off for over 47 countries such as India, Turkey, South Africa, Thailand etc. 

Also Read: Indian Government Reduces Second Jab Gap for Travel Abroad

New Rules for Traveling to UK post- October 11

Here are the new rules and UK eased travel restrictions for India post-October 11:

  • Vaccinated Travellers: Fully vaccinated passengers above the age of 18 returning from countries administer a day 2 test after arriving. They do not have to self-isolate themselves for 10 days or take COVID tests at their expense. 
  • Partially or Non Vaccinated Travellers: Other passengers who are not fully vaccinated with an authorized vaccine returning from a non-red destination must still take a pre-departure test, a day 2 and day 8 test, and complete 10 days self-isolation (with the option of Test to Release on day 5).

Also Read: Vaccination Rules for International Students

New Rules for Travel Post 4th October to UK

  • From 4th October, fully vaccinated travellers won’t need a pre-departure test before arrival if they are arriving from a non-red listed country. The requirement for a day 2 PCR test is set to be dropped in England and Scotland only. However, if you are going to Northern Ireland or Wales, you must submit for the 2-day covid test.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals have to take an 8-day covid list after arriving in the country. The day of arrival is determined as day 0.
  • Unvaccinated travellers coming from a non-red listed country to the UK must take a pre-departure test, followed by day 2, and 8 tests, and are required to quarantine at home. They are can a test on day 5 to reduce the time of self-isolation. 
  • Vaccinated and unvaccinated people travelling from a red-listed country have to submit a pre-departure test [taken within 72 hours], undergo a hotel quarantine for 10 days, and take the periodic covid tests on day 2 or 8 test. 

Also Read: Vaccination Camps for Students Going Abroad

Travel Traffic Light System

The UK eased travel restrictions for India and other countries by replacing its Travel Traffic Light System with a red and territories list. Presently, there are only 7 countries on the red list countries such as:

  • Colombia
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Haiti
  • Panama,
  • Peru 
  • Venezuela

Also Read: Here’s a list of European Countries that have Approved Covishield for Green Pass

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