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    Explained: UK upgrades India to amber category; what it means for travellers

    Explained: UK upgrades India to amber category; what it means for travellers

    Explained: UK upgrades India to amber category; what it means for travellers
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    By CNBCTV18.COM IST (Updated)

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    As the UK authorities have moved India from red to amber, fully vaccinated travellers from India won’t need to be quarantined for 10 days.

    The United Kingdom will allow travellers from India from August 8. UK has put countries into three categories – red, amber and green (like its traffic light system). Their pandemic situation is reviewed every three weeks before changing their status. UK changed India to amber from red and the change comes into effect from Sunday.
    The BBC has reported nearly 47 million UK adults have been vaccinated with the first dose and 39 million with the second dose. Currently, UK is allowing everyone over the age of 18 to get vaccinated while experts are urging everyone above 16 to be added.
    The categories
    A traveller is categorised under one of these three lists and the immigration authorities decide based on where the traveller has been 10 days before entering the UK.
    Red list
    Under the red list, UK advises its citizens not to travel to any of the countries under the Red list. Exceptions are made for British or Irish nationals or anyone who has residence rights in the UK. They can enter the UK from a country that is under the Red list. These nationals or residents are then placed in quarantine for 10 days in a hotel and are to take three COVID-19 tests. This includes the one that is taken before the departure from the origin country.
    Amber list
    Under the amber List, a traveller has to mandatorily undergo three COVID-19 tests. The first test should be undertaken three days before departure, the second test on day one or latest day 2 after entering and the third test on Day 8. A mandatory 10-day home quarantine is also enforced.
    The exceptions are once again for the UK Nationals if they are fully vaccinated. They need not undergo home quarantine or the Day 8 test. Also, any traveller fully vaccinated in the US or from EU countries need not undergo quarantine or take the Day 8 test.
    Green list
    Under the green list, travellers before departure from origin country are required to undertake a COVID-19 test and on arrival, a second test must be taken before the second day of arrival. Home or hotel quarantine is required only if the test result comes as positive.
    India moved to amber list
    As the UK authorities have moved India from red to amber, fully vaccinated travellers from India won’t need to be quarantined for 10 days. But home quarantine along with the three COVID-19 tests is mandatory.
    India was moved to the red list after the Delta variant led to a massive second wave in the country.
    List of approved vaccinations by the UK
    The United Kingdom has only approved a select number of vaccine manufacturers like Moderna, Oxford/AstraZeneca and Pfizer/BioNTech. India’s Covishield (Serum Institute of India), Covaxin (Bharat Biotech) and Russia’s Sputnik don’t come under their list of recognized vaccinations as of now.
    As per PTI, India made Covishield manufactured by Oxford/AstraZeneca may get approved by UK.
    Other amber countries
    United States, Canada, China, France, Iran, Italy, Japan, Mexico, North Korea, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Bhutan, and Vietnam among others come under the amber category.
    The red list constitutes Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Maldives, and Nepal.
    Around 35 countries, including Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore are currently on the green list.
     
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