New Delhi: Indian travellers planning to fly to the UK, here comes a piece of wonderful news for you. Starting from October 1, you will not have to undergo expensive PCR tests as the UK is contemplating an overhaul of its current system. As per the new rules, the UK is also planning to do away with the amber category and keep quarantine restrictions confined to others. As India is already part of the amber list, it is likely that PCR tests could be dropped along with relaxations in quarantine rules.Also Read - Uttar Pradesh Lockdown: Govt Revises Guidelines, Allows 100 People In Weddings, Other Gatherings | Guidelines Here
As per a report by India Today, the industry insiders said that from the three-tier demarcation of countries into Red, Amber and Red zone, amber might be dropped by October 1 — possibly leading to relaxation in quarantine rules. However, it is not clear whether the UK will recognise fully vaccinated fliers from India. Also Read - Long Covid-19 in Kids Does Not Last More Than 12 Week Says Study
So far, the UK does not recognise travellers who are fully vaccinated with Covidshield, known as AstraZeneca in the UK, even though both the vaccines are manufactured by the Serum Institute. Also Read - Dengue, Viral Fever Outbreak Wreaks Havoc Across India, Nearly 300 Patients Hospitalised in UP's Kanpur | Key Points
According to the current rules and guidelines, unless a person is fully vaccinated in the UK, US or Europe, they have to quarantine and take a PCR test on day 2 and day 8.
Earlier, actor Saumya Tandon has been trying to visit London but the travel restrictions have made it extremely difficult for her. “First India was in the red list and now amber list which still means home quarantine with PCR test even if we are twice jabbed with the same vaccine as used in the UK. Really makes no sense. I have family in London and we have not met for over two years,” she said.
Flying to UK? Know these travel guidelines:
- For every travellers, the Covid test should be done three days before boarding the flight from India.
- After arrival, on the second and eighth day, a PCR test is to be done. These tests need to be booked before leaving India.
- Travellers who are fully vaccinated in India need to undergo home quarantine for 10 days at least. This does not apply to those under 18 years.
- Travellers under 11 years of age do not need to take the tests before travel but need to take the day 2 PCR test.
- However, the children under 5 years of age do not need to take a test.