the UK will be banning entry to people arriving
The UK will be adding Pakistan and three other countries to its travel ‘red list’, according to a recent announcement.
The announcement stated that those travelling to Britain from Pakistan will be refused entry as of Friday, April 9, 2021.
Countries also being added to the list are Bangladesh, Kenya and the Philippines.
The announcement came on Friday, April 2, 2021.
It revealed the UK will be banning entry to people arriving from those countries unless they are British or Irish nationals.
In that case, they will have to pay to quarantine in a government-approved hotel for 10 days.
During their stay, travellers will have to take two Covid-19 tests.
A negative test result does not mean they can shorten their time in quarantine.
British High Commissioner to Pakistan Christian Turner made the announcement on Twitter.
Important travel update: ?? will be added to the ??’s red list of travel ban countries from 9 April? pic.twitter.com/HVRyp9xEzp
— Christian Turner (@CTurnerFCDO) April 2, 2021
In a tweet from Friday, April 2, 2021, Turner said:
“Important travel update: Pakistan will be added to the UK’s red list of travel ban countries from 9 April.”
The video, uploaded by Turner, included him saying that direct flights between the UK and Pakistan will continue. However, the schedules will change.
From 4 am on Friday, April 9, 2021, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Kenya and the Phillippines will join 35 other nations on the UK’s red list.
These countries are mainly in Africa, the Middle East and South America.
There have also been calls for some European countries, where Covid-19 cases have surged, to be included on the UK’s red list.
However, the UK government said that they currently have no plans to do so.
Pakistan is currently witnessing a third wave of Covid-19.
Their daily case numbers are reaching heights not seen since June 2020 and July 2020.
The total number of cases in Pakistan now surpasses 678,000. The country also reported 83 deaths on Thursday, April 1, 2021.
However, Pakistan’s government officials have blamed the UK variant for their third wave.
Asad Umar, the country’s Minister for Planning and Development, said there was “no doubt” that the spread of the Covid-19 variant from the UK was the reason behind Pakistan’s third wave.
“The phenomenon that is driving [the third wave] is the spread of the UK strain.”
According to Umar, the Pakistani government found that the districts with a higher number of reported cases are the areas where a large population of Pakistanis residing in Britain lived.