Thousands of Indian students hoping to return to the UK to their universities for in-person study are in an absolute panic after India was added to the red travel list under the UK norms. Starting from 4 am on Friday, April 23, all international visitors who have departed from or transited through India will not be allowed entry into England in the previous ten days. Only British and Irish citizens, or the people with residence rights in the UK, will enter. However, they will have to stay in a government-approved quarantine facility for ten days. Indian students coming to the UK will need to have a Biometric Residence Permit, a document that proves the holder's right to live in the UK. This means that they can enter the country as long as they can follow quarantine requirements. Many students had expressed confusion about if they would be allowed into the country. Indian students who hold a student visa or a Tier 4 visa have residence rights in the UK. Hence the travel ban will not apply to them. It stated the director of South India, British Council, But they will be required to complete a 10-day hotel quarantine, and it shall be at their own expense as per the UK government guidelines. Students have said they will find it difficult to afford the £1,750 cost to quarantine if they are permitted to enter the country. There are around 55,000 Indian students presently studying at UK universities, most of them being post-graduates. Nearly 14,000 of them are reportedly stranded in India studying remotely. A master's student at the University of Leeds mentioned that it has a substantial financial implication since quarantining in a hotel is mandatory. The student further stated that it is an addition to the implications that her course brings with it, like the international fees, the accommodation in Leeds, which she is still paying for because of a contract. She expresses her worries regarding staying in a government accommodation which is not less than £1,700 if she travels back. A Department of Education spokesperson stated that International students, which includes many Indian students who study in the UK, are a vital and valued part of the higher education sector. Students that fall under the red list will still be able to enter the UK. However, they will be required to quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel on arrival. Those who cannot travel will continue to receive online tuition, along with specific Graduate route visa concessions that will make sure students benefit from the post-study work offer, even there is a delay in their arrival to the UK.
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