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UK Removes Pakistan from the Red List

The United Kingdom has removed Pakistan from its COVID-19 travel red list, confirmed the British High Commissioner to Pakistan in a tweet.

“Pleased to confirm 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 & Pakistan”, said the High Commissioner in his remark.

He added that the UK “will continue to work with Pakistan to ensure data sharing & safeguard public health in both countries”.

Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary said, “We’ll be introducing a new simplified system for international travel from Monday, October 4, replacing the current approach with a single red list and simplified measures for the rest of the world – striking the right balance to manage the public health risk as No.1 priority.”

“In addition, 8 countries and territories will come off the red list from Wed September 22 at 4am, including Turkey, Pakistan and Maldives.”

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry retweeted Mr. Turner’s revelation, lauding the new development after a “depressing day for cricket”.

The development would allow passengers from Pakistan to travel to the kingdom as long as they test negative for COVID-19 or if they are fully vaccinated. The on-arrival quarantine condition, however, is likely to remain in effect.

It’s expected that people arriving from red list countries will continue to be required to spend 11 nights in a quarantine hotel, at a cost of £2,285 for solo travelers. More details regarding the process will be revealed in the coming days.

Note that the UK authorities had previously lifted the travel ban on India, despite the country being the primary source of the Delta variant which accounts for most of the cases in the UK.

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Ahsan Gardezi