Heathrow’s Terminal 3 welcomes travelers from at-risk areas

Queues upon arrival at Heathrow (Photo: DR)

Terminal 3 at London Heathrow Airport becomes one for flights from high-risk countries. The measure came into force for the arrival of travelers from 43 countries considered dangerous by the British authorities. At present there are only three countries in this red list- Bangladesh, India and Pakistan – There are direct flights with the British capital.

There is no need to facilitate the passenger queues inducing officials. the airport indicates that Protecting the public and helping reduce the risk of new COVID forms is a top priority. In fact the concern has increased because the information has condemned the fact that Travelers from high-risk countries mingled with other travelers In the Immigration Hall.

Generally only UK and Irish citizens or UK residents are allowed to travel from the countries listed. but Anyone who has lived in a Red Listed country during the last 10 dayswhether he has taken a direct flight or a transfer, Must complete 10-night quarantine in a hotel.

Kafkaesque Health Rules

According to a BBC spokesperson for Heathrow Airport, ” Countries on the Red List may be a feature of UK travel in the near future. We Adapt Heathrow to this long-term reality By first opening a dedicated arrival terminal. »

The current system includes Mandatory negative covid test for all arrivals InternationalCompulsory wearing of masks, social distancing and strengthening of cleanliness and ventilation system in immigration halls. This contributes to long queues upon arrival at the terminals.

a Heathrow Airport Managing Director, John Holland-Kaye, condemned the situation: “The government should extend the green list to the low-risk markets in a big way. It should also eliminate the need for fully vaccinated passengers to perform two expensive PCR tests. Border Force’s claim that “long immigration queues are inevitable” is complacent. These can be avoided if ministers ensure that all counters are occupied during peak hours. The government has promised to deploy additional agents and automated e-gate checks during the summer.

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