Over the last few weeks, Coronavirus cases across India have risen by an enormous amount. India’s healthcare system has come under significant strain as the number of COVID-19 cases increases throughout India. Critical care capacity is severely limited including shortages of equipment, oxygen, and bed spaces for both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 emergencies.
As the Covid Spread increases, further restrictions may be implemented at short notice and may vary between states. New restrictions may involve city or state-wide restrictions like night curfews and weekend curfew. Other criteria may include the requirement to present COVID-19 negative tests to enter some states, random testing in public areas including at airports, stations, malls, and restaurants. Before undertaking travel to India, you should check the latest entry requirements and other testing/quarantine restrictions. Strict restrictions remain in containment zones.
As of the time of this article, India is currently on the UK’s “red list”. UK’s “red list” includes 40 countries, mainly from the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and South America.
Individuals who have been in any of the countries on the UK red list during the last 15 days are not allowed to enter the UK. The only exceptions are UK nationals and residents. They are required to self-isolate in a government-approved hotel.
Now the big question
Is it possible to travel to the UK from India?
British and Irish citizens are allowed to travel to the UK from India, but they must isolate in a government-approved hotel.
A restricted number of flights between India and the UK continue to operate. To book tickets you need to check airline websites. The British High Commission cannot assist with ticketing. The aviation sector remains unpredictable and is subject to change with short notice.
Points to note before travelling to the UK from India
- You have to complete a passenger locator form online before you enter the UK. The form should be submitted at least 48 hours before you enter the UK.
- You would need to provide a negative COVID 19 test result before you travel to the UK. You could carry out a PCR Swab test by ordering a kit here. This test must be taken there days before your departure.
- Unless your job exempts you, before you complete the passenger’s locator form, you must book two COVID tests for when you quarantine in the UK.
- If you are coming from India, you must book a managed quarantine hotel
- If you’re arriving in England and using Test to Release, you will also need the name of the test provider you booked with.
- Currently, you cannot enter the UK if you have been through any of the countries on the UK “red list”. These countries include states in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and South America.
- When you change your travel details, contact number, or any of the information you submitted in your passenger-locator form, you need to fill and complete a new form.
- If you are travelling from Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, and you were there for ten days or more, you do not need to complete the passenger-locator form.