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Good News – UK relaxes travel curbs for Indians, what you need to know

Published on: 05 August 2021
Reading time: Approx 5 mins

Following the declining number of cases and underlining the importance of India to the UK, the Home Office has announced that India will move to the Amber List effective 8th Aug.

“The UK government has announced an update to the ‘Red-Amber-Green’ traffic light ratings for arrivals into England. From 4am (BST) on Sunday 8 August, India will move from the red to the amber list,” the British High Commission in New Delhi said in a statement.

What does ‘UK relaxes travel curbs for Indians’ mean?

  • Travellers must still take the test 3 days before you travel to the UK and must have a negative result.
  • On your arrival in England, you must: quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days.
  • Travellers must take a Covid-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8

According to the statement, “You do not need to quarantine or take a day 8 test after you arrive in England if you are either:

  • 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
  • part of a UK-approved vaccine trial

You must have had your final dose of the vaccine at least 14 whole days before the date you arrive in England. You still need to book and take a day 2 test.

What counts as ‘fully vaccinated’

Fully vaccinated means you’ve had your final dose of an approved vaccine under the UK vaccination programme, or the UK vaccine programme overseas, at least 14 whole days before you arrive in England. The day you have your final dose of vaccine does not count as one of the 14 days.

What is the UK vaccine programme overseas?

The UK vaccine programme overseas applies to:

  • residents of the British Overseas Territories, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man with the UK government, and their dependants under 18
  • crown servants, UK government contractors or other personnel posted or based overseas under the FCDO staff COVID-19 vaccination programme and their dependants
  • military or civilian personnel, UK government contractors and their dependants at a military posting overseas, including the British Overseas Territories, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, under the vaccination scheme provided or approved by the UK Defence Medical Services

COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials

If you’re taking part in an approved UK COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial, the rules for fully vaccinated people will apply to you.

What you must do if you are not fully vaccinated

If you’ve been in an amber list country (and have not been in or passed through a red list country) in the 10 days before you arrive in England, and you have not been fully vaccinated under the UK vaccination programme, you must:

  • take a COVID-19 travel test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 after you arrive
  • quarantine at home or in the place you’re staying for 10 days after you arrive

The day you arrive in England counts as day 0.

How a person who went to UK on travel visa can return back to India during lockdown period?

- Question asked in a forum
You are required to apply Vande Bharat. However, currently the travel restrictions are relaxed, and you can come back to India.

Is it COVID vaccinated certificate needed before applying UK visitor visa?

- Question asked in a forum
If you are applying from India, then you can avoid 10 days quarantine in case of fully vaccinated, till 4th October.

We have tier type 2 dependent visa so can we go UK from India is there any possibility while India added in Red List of coronavirus can we go UK

- Question asked in a forum
Yes, you can travel to the UK on tier 2 dependent visa from a red listed country as well. This is because as per the UK Gov.uk website, you can travel to the UK on a residency visa (from a red listed country).

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