London's Heathrow Airport has opened a new terminal for passengers arriving from its red list countries, including India.

Coming to London via direct flights from destinations at covid-19 high risk will now go directly from Terminal 3. From there, they will be directed to a quarantine facility, which the passengers will have to book at their own expense.

The decision was taken after airport staff expressed fear about their safety due to the overcrowding. A large number of travellers are coming here from Red List countries.

Spokeperson of Heathrow airport said in his statement, "Red list routes will likely be a feature of UK travel for the foreseeable future as countries vaccinate their populations at different rates".

He further added that they are adapting Heathrow to this long-term reality by opening Terminal 3 on June 1 for Redlisted passengers on direct flights. Operation of this facility will be very challenging but airport officials are hopeful that it will perform their duties well.

43 countries of the UK government are on the Red List which includes India, Brazil and South Africa. According to the new rule, those coming to the country from a red-listed country will have to pay for the quarantine facility for 10 nights after arrival.

"We will be moving this facility to Terminal 4 as soon as possible," the spokesperson added.


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