Sunday, May 16, 2021

Heathrow Airport: Can I travel to and from India and other red list countries

India is currently on the Red List, but what does that actually mean? And can you enter the UK if you’re travelling from the sub-continent?

You cannot currently enter the UK if you have travelled through a Red List country in the last 10 days, and all non-essential international travel is currently banned until May 17, but there are a number of exceptions to the rules.

Flights to India are still arriving and departing from nearby Heathrow Airport, but there are strict rules that passengers must obey.

Due to the new variant, and the rocketing number of cases of coronavirus, India was placed on the Red List on April 23.

Despite the strict measures, multiple cases of the new Indian variant have been found in the UK.

All regularly scheduled flights between the two countries have been cancelled, but a limited number of flights continue to operate under a bilateral agreement.

If you’re travelling for essential work then you can apply for an exemption. Roles on the list include BBC news reporters, pilots, bus and coach drivers, and elite sportspeople.

16/05/21 Sophie Drew/Berkshire Live

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