Thursday 5 August 2021 7:14 AM UTC
By A Staff Reporter
LONDON Aug 5: India, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates will move from the red list to amber, meaning travellers will no longer have to pay to quarantine in a hotel for 11 days.
Returning from amber list countries has usually meant a 10-day period quarantining at home – but under-18s and those fully vaccinated in the UK are now exempt, as well as those who have received both jabs in the EU and US.
This means that those who visit these countries will no longer have to book a quarantine hotel package for when they return to England. India will move to the amber list 4am, Sunday 8 August. If you arrive in England before then, you must follow the red list rules.
India was added to the Red List on 23 April and since then anyone arriving from India has been required by law to quarantine in a managed hotel for 10 days – at a cost to themselves of £1,750 per adult (set to go up to £2,285 for bookings made on or after 12 August) as well as take two Covid tests.
Indians arriving from India who have had Covishield, Covaxin or Sputnik V will not be eligible for exemption from home quarantine.
But anyone fully vaccinated in the UK, or vaccinated with a vaccine authorised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for Europe, Swissmedic for Switzerland, or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the USA, who arrives from an Amber country will be exempt from home quarantine.
Already protests have arisen with people taking to social media saying that it is discrimination. One wrote: “If someone is vaccinated in India they should be treated the same as someone vaccinated in Europe. Or else that is discrimination”.
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