A dedicated new terminal has been provided for arrivals from countries in ‘red list’, such as India, by UK’s Heathrow Airport.
One of the most busy London’s Heathrow Airport has opened a dedicated new terminal on Tuesday. It is made available for arrivals from countries prioritised as “red list”, like India. To prevent the higher risk of Covid-19 transmission.
At present, 43 nations are marked on UK government’s list for high-risk COVID-19 variants. This list includes India, Brazil and South Africa at top most.
“As we reopen international travel safely, we will maintain 100 per cent health checks at the border. A new dedicated terminal at Heathrow for arrivals from red list countries will enable passengers to be processed as safely and as efficiently as possible. Before, they can be transferred to a managed quarantine facility.”A UK government’s spokesperson made the statement.
Opening such a firm facility and maintaining it for a long duration of time “will be logistically very challenging”. The spokesperson added to the statement.
“Our hope is that it will enable Border Force to carry out its duties more efficiently as passenger volumes increase in line with the green list. ~ Until then, the current red list system will remain in place,” the spokesperson said.
Dedicated where from?
The Travellers on direct flights from ‘red list’ destinations will now proceed through Terminal 3.
- And, after which they can then move directly to a government-approved quarantine facility.
- But, will be booked prior to coming at the passengers’ own expense.
Safety amidst covid-19
The Airport’s staff has been concerned over their safety because of overcrowding. Since, the travellers are arriving from red list countries. And, where the travel is already banned except for British and Irish nationals. Mixing them with those from green and amber will turn out be risky.
“Red list routes will likely be a feature of UK travel for the foreseeable future. As, countries vaccinate their populations at different rates,” a Heathrow Airport official remarked.
The expectedly long-term facility at Terminal 3 will be effective from 1 June. But, only for red list passengers arriving on direct flights.
Despite being a big challenge, they’ll enable Border Force to carry out its duties more efficiently. It is because, the passenger volumes likely to increase in line with the green list. Until then, the current red list system shall keep in count.
As per UK’s covid-19 guidelines, anyone who has been in a red list country is required to pay for hotel quarantine for 10 nights after their arrival.
The latest system has been designed with several layers of COVID-19 security.
- Mandatory negative COVID-19 tests for all international arrivals.
- Mandatory use of face coverings
- Social distancing, segregation
- Enhanced cleaning regimes
- Ventilation in immigration halls.
“We will move this facility to Terminal 4 as soon as operationally possible.” The Heathrow official also notched a statement.
The enhancement of borders regime was to reduce the risk of new variants being transmitted.
With the reopening of International borders, one thing will remain constant.
- UK will maintain 100 per cent health checks at the border.
- The new dedicated terminal at Heathrow for arrivals from red list countries will enable safety of passengers.
- Efficient movement, before being transferred to a managed quarantine facility.
Highly contagious B1.617.2 variant, first identified in India is now named ”Delta” by the World Health Organisation. It is due to the belief to be largely behind this spike in infections.
And, the reson why scientists are advising lockdown restrictions to not completely be lifted as planned for June 21.
Virus till now has killed 128,045 people in the UK, along with 45,03,231 confirmed cases.
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