New Terminal For Passengers From Red List Countries in Heathrow Airport : Travel Techies London Travel News : London’s busiest and airport where most passengers arrive in London, the Heathrow Airport opened a new dedicated terminal on Tuesday for arrivals from countries designated as “Red list Countries”, such as India, considering the higher risk of COVID-19 transmission and in order to reduce the transmission.
Travellers on direct flights from such destinations will now arrive at Terminal 3 of Heathrow Airport and then move directly to a government-approved quarantine facility booked at the own expense of the passenger.
The order came after several staff in Heathrow airport reported fears for their safety due to overcrowding, that travellers arriving from red list countries – from where travel is effectively banned except for British and Irish nationals or limited exceptions – were getting mixed up with those arriving from green and amber.
“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 spokesperson claimed.
“We’re adapting Heathrow to this longer-term reality by initially opening a dedicated arrivals facility in Terminal 3 from 1 June for red list passengers arriving on direct flights. While opening this facility will be logistically very challenging, 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 mentioned.
“As we reopen international travel safely, we will maintain 100 per cent health checks at the border and the 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 being transferred to a managed quarantine facility,” the spokesperson said.
The action comes as the UK coronavirus cases exceeded 3,000 on Monday continuously for a sixth day in a row, with the figure crossing 3000 after April 12.
The highly transmissible B1.617.2 variant, which was first identified in India and now named ‘Delta’ by the World Health Organisation. It is believed to be largely behind this spike in infections with scientists advising caution before all COVID-19 lockdown restrictions are completely lifted as planned for June 21. The coronavirus took the lives of around 128,045 people in the UK, along with 45,03,231 confirmed cases so far, according to Johns Hopkins University.