The United Kingdom moved India from ‘red’ to ‘amber’ list set up regarding travel restrictions as part of Covid protocol, it was confirmed. UAE, Qatar and Bahrain are also among countries moved to amber list along with India. The change has come into effect from 4am on August 8.
The new move means fully vaccinated travellers or people under 18 from India do not need hotel quarantine anymore. But they should carry a negative lateral flow test result prior to the journey and should avail a Covid test on the second day of arrival. If they are not vaccinated, they should present a negative Covid test result before the journey and again avail two tests on second and eighth day of arrival.
Following the UK authorities’ move, Air India will start direct flight from Cochin to Heathrow Airport in London from 18 August. The AI 150/149 aircraft will arrive in Kochi at 03.45 am and will depart for London at 05.50 am on Wednesdays, confirmed Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL) authorities. It would be a big relief for expatriates from Kerala in Ireland, who can reach from Cochin to London within just 8 hours from now on.