India is among four countries being removed from England’s red list as part of a host of changes to the traffic light system for international travel, the Government has announced.
The decision means arriving travellers will no longer be required to spend 11 nights at a coronavirus quarantine hotel.
Spain has avoided being given red status, but the Government is urging travellers to take a PCR test before they fly home from the country. France has been moved to the amber list from the amber plus list.
Mexico, Georgia and the French overseas departments of La Reunion and Mayotte will be put in the red tier.
Quarantine hotel costs are soaring to “better reflect the increased costs involved”, according to the Government.
From August 12 the rate for solo travellers will rise from £1,750 to £2,285.
Additional adults sharing a room will see their bill hiked from £650 to £1,430.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the Government is “committed to opening up international travel safely, taking advantage of the gains we’ve made through our successful vaccination programme”.
He went on: “While we must continue to be cautious, today’s changes reopen a range of different holiday destinations across the globe, which is good news for both the sector and travelling public.”
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said changes to the travel lists are “based on the latest data and expert public health advice”.
He added that the announcement “demonstrates the need for continued caution”, with additions made to the red list to “help protect the success of our vaccine rollout from the threat of new variants”.