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Published on Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Heathrow opens dedicated red list terminal

London Heathrow has opened a dedicated terminal just for passengers on direct flights from red list countries.

All high-risk travellers will be funnelled through the terminal after concerns they have been mixing with passengers coming from green and amber destinations.

They will now go through Terminal 3, although a 'red list' facility is planned eventually for Terminal 4.

Inbound red list travellers are required to undergo hotel quarantine for 10 days and take a pre-departure Covid test and additional PCR tests on day 2 and 8.

There are 43 countries on the UK's red list although only a few have direct flights to the UK.

It includes India, the Philippines, and several African and South American nations.

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

"We're adapting Heathrow to this longer-term reality by initially opening a dedicated arrivals facility in Terminal 3."

The airport admits it will be 'logistically very challenging.'

It will have several extra layers of protection including enhanced social distancing and cleaning protocols.

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