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After initially closing back in April 2020 when airline travel plummeted dramatically due to the coronavirus pandemic, London’s Heathrow Airport has reopened its Terminal 3 once again – but you will only see it if you’re coming in from a country considered “High Risk” for COVID-19.
Currently, the U.K. is operating under a traffic signal program for travel and travelers coming from 43 “red list” countries are barred from entering the country unless they are a U.K. resident or national.
A traffic light system is in place for international travel. 🚦✈️— Heathrow Airport (@HeathrowAirport) May 27, 2021
Please ensure you check the status of the country you are leaving before travelling to the UK: https://t.co/J4Pp7bTRFi pic.twitter.com/IP9eY6sZ1e
The Associated Press reports U.K. nationals and residents returning from “red-list” countries, including India, Brazil and Turkey, will now have to pass through Heathrow’s Terminal 3 before embarking on their mandatory 10-day quarantine in a specially designated hotel.
Travelers coming from “amber-list” countries, such as the USA, must also quarantine for 10-days, but may do so from their own homes, or where they are staying.
Currently, travelers coming from one of twelve “green-list” countries, including Portugal, Israel, New Zealand, and Australia, do not have to quarantine but must take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on or before day two of their arrival in England. Those results must be negative in order to avoid quarantine.
The U.K. announced it will revise its traffic light system periodically, with the next announcement expected to come on June 7th. According to the Telegraph, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told MP’s “quite a few” countries are on the cusp of joining the “green-list.”