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UK lifts quarantine for vaccinated EU, US travellers; India still on the red list

Being on the red list means even if an individual is fully vaccinated, the travellers will have to undergo compulsory 10-day quarantine upon reaching the country.

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London, First Published Jul 29, 2021, 12:41 PM IST
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The United Kingdom gave relaxations to fully vaccinated travellers from the United States and European Union countries by removing the mandatory 10-day quarantine. The new rule will come into effect from Monday. 

Presently, people who received their COVID vaccine in the UK can avoid quarantine when arriving from these "amber list" countries under the government's traffic list system. However, India still remains on the red list. Being on the red list means even if an individual is fully vaccinated, the travellers will have to undergo compulsory 10-day quarantine upon reaching the country.

Grant Shapps, UK Transport Secretary announced the new rules and said, “We’ve taken great strides on our journey to reopen international travel and today is another important step forward. Whether you are a family reuniting for the first time since the start of the pandemic or a business benefiting from increased trade - this is progress we can all enjoy.”

First identified in India, UK is ravaged by the Deta variant of the virus and the change in status is expected to be difficult. Apart from India, France is also out of the amber list.

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