UK adds India to COVID-19 travel ‘red list’

The rules come into force at 4 a.m. local time (0300 GMT) and the UK and Irish residents and British citizens who have been in India in the past 10 days will need to complete hotel quarantine for 10 days.

The United Kingdom is adding India to its ‘Red-list’ after detecting 103 cases of a coronavirus variant – first identified in the country, health minister Matt Hancock said on Monday. The rules come into force at 4 a.m. local time (0300 GMT) on Friday, reported ANI.

“We’ve made the difficult but vital decision to add India to the Red List. This means anyone who is not the UK or Irish resident or a British citizen cannot enter the UK if they’ve been in India in the previous 10 days,” Hancock told parliament.

“We have recently seen a new variant first identified in India. We have now detected 103 cases of this variant,” Hancock said.

The UK health secretary has also stated that UK and Irish residents and British citizens who have been in India in the past 10 days before their arrival will need to complete hotel quarantine for 10 days from the time of arrival.

Meanwhile, the British High Commission in India supported UK’s decision and said that it will help prevent the spread of variants of concern and protect the most vulnerable.

“If you are a British or Irish National in , or an Indian national with residency rights in the UK , you will now be required to undergo 10 full days managed hotel quarantine on arrival in England at your expense,” it added.

The Russian Embassy’s visa section temporarily cease its operations until further notice due to India’s Covid-19 situation, reported ANI.

The recent decision comes in light of surging case numbers and the emergence of a new Covid-19 variant in India.

In the event, the UK and Indian governments earlier Monday called off Johnson’s visit, which was set for next week after already being postponed in January. It would have been Johnson’s first major foreign visit since he took power in 2019, reported News18.

“In the light of the current coronavirus situation, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not be able to travel to India next week,” the two governments said in a joint statement.

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