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Terminal 3 goes red details

Heathrow Airport has opened a dedicated terminal just for passengers on direct flights from Red List countries.

These high-risk travellers are being channelled through the terminal after concerns they have been mixing with passengers coming from Green and Amber destinations.  Direct flights are permitted from only India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

On landing the aircraft taxi to their designated terminal and passengers are bussed to Terminal 3.  The aircraft remain in position for the departure and are deep cleaned. With British nationals not allowed to fly to Red List countries, the number of people taking the flights is small.

Heathrow says that a Red List facility is planned eventually for Terminal 4 but presumably will not happen until there is enough business for Terminal 3 to be opened in the normal way.  

Inbound Red List travellers are required to undergo designated hotel quarantine for 10 days at their expense and take a pre-departure Covid test and additional PCR tests on day 2 and 8.

There are 50 countries on the UK's Red List.  Travellers from these points but transiting through other connecting points that are Amber, such as Amsterdam, Madrid and Paris can bypass the system.  

Inbound Amber List travellers can continue to travel through their normal arrival terminal, but have to quarantine for 10 days, and are subject to test and trace.   

It is thought that the Government is covering the cost of operating the terminal, but a final sum has yet to be agreed.

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