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No entry for Indians to UK; India is now in the red category

DUBLIN: India also falls into the red category list of travel ban to the United Kingdom.

The UK Health Secretary has stated that the UK is taking precautionary steps in response to global concerns about India’s new COVID-19 variant, and has added India to the “Red Category List” of countries where travel is banned.

The ban will take effect on Friday, April 23 from 4 pm.

Anyone who has started their journey from India within the last 10 days will not be admitted to the UK. However, holders of British or Irish passports and holders of UK residency are allowed to enter subject to conditions. But they have to be quarantined for 10 days in a government approved hotel.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said 103 cases involving the India variant had been detected in the UK. He said test samples were analyzed to see if the new variant had the vaccine-resistant characteristics.

Health experts in the UK and Ireland have recently called for India to be added on the red list. Although the UK has taken a decision on this, Ireland has not yet included India in the “Red category list”.

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