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UK removes Pakistan from its travel 'red list'

اپ ڈیٹ 17 ستمبر 2021
The UK government was planning to significantly cut the number of countries that are on the red list. File Photo
The UK government was planning to significantly cut the number of countries that are on the red list. File Photo

The United Kingdom (UK) on Friday has removed Pakistan from its travel 'red list'.

Confirming the news on Twitter, British High Commissioner to Pakistan Christian Turner said Pakistan "is off the red list".

"I know how difficult the last 5 months were for so many who rely on close links between United Kingdom and Pakistan," he said in his tweet.

He also thanked Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umer, Prime Minister's aide on health Dr Faisal Sultan, National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) and other relevant departments for their close collaboration.

National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) head Asad Umar welcomed the decision and termed it as a 'right decision' taken by the British government.

"UK high commission in Pak has been supportive throughout," he said on Twitter.

According to the data experts Pakistan’s case numbers are low, and the UK government was planning to significantly cut the number of countries that are on the red list.

The "amber" list covering travel from much of the world, including Europe, will be abolished in the UK's two largest nations, England and Scotland, reflecting high levels of vaccination against Covid-19 by other countries.

"Today's changes mean a simpler, more straightforward system," UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said in a statement, announcing the changes for England.

From Mon 4 Oct, those fully vax won’t need a pre-departure test before arrival into England from a non-red country, Shapps wrote on Twitter.

From the end of October, they will not have to take an expensive PCR test on day two of their stay in England, only a rapid lateral flow test, he added.

"One with less testing and lower costs, allowing more people to travel, see loved ones or conduct business around the world while providing a boost for the travel industry."

Eight countries will come off the English and Scottish red list from next Wednesday -- Bangladesh, Egypt, Kenya, the Maldives, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Turkey.