UK relaxes travel restrictions: India from Red to Amber list

India has been moved from the United Kingdom’s “red” to “amber” list.  There is no mandatory 10-day hotel quarantine for fully vaccinated Indians flying to the United Kingdom.

Under Britain’s traffic light system for international travel, returning from amber list countries means 10-day quarantining at home or any place of one’s choice.

After arriving in the UK, Indian nationals can now isolate at a location of their choice for 10 days. They will retain the option to “Test to Release” after five days of quarantine.

Indian travellers will need to take a Covid test within three days before their flight and book in advance for two Covid tests to be taken on arrival in England. Also, complete a passenger locator form on arrival.

After arriving in England, passengers must quarantine, but at home or in any place they have confirmed as their location for 10 days and test on or before day two and on or after day eight.

If an Indian national pays for a private COVID-19 test through the “Test to Release” scheme, in which one can choose to pay for a private Covid test on day five, it may end quarantine early.

If the result is negative, quarantine can end. The option can’t be taken unless the traveler has been in England for five full days.

Those below 18 and those fully vaccinated in the UK are relieved from home quarantine. So are those who have received two doses of Covid vaccine in the EU and the US.

According to the rules “Those “fully vaccinated in the UK or under the UK vaccine programme overseas; under 18 on the day you arrive in England and resident in the UK or in a country with a vaccination programme approved by the UK and part of a UK-approved vaccine trial,” will not need quarantine.