Pakistan, Kenya, Bangladesh and the Philippines added to travel red list

Pakistan to be added to UK’s ‘red list’ as Covid-19 cases soar

This means that from 4am on Friday April 9, global visitors who have departed from or transited through those four countries in the previous 10 days will be refused entry into England.

"Red listing means that only UK, Irish nationals and those with residency rights in the UK will be allowed to travel to the UK if they have been in Pakistan in the 10 days before they arrive", said British High Commissioner to Pakistan Christian Turner in a video message.

The UK government said Friday it would add four countries to its so-called red list banning incoming travel to England from next week, citing coronavirus "variants of concern".

However, they must quarantine in a government-approved hotel for 10 days at their own expense and must take a COVID-19 test on days two and eight of their self-isolation.

"The government has made it consistently clear it will take decisive action if necessary to contain the virus and has added these destinations to the red list to protect public health", it said in a statement.

With over 30 million vaccinations delivered in the United Kingdom so far, the additional restrictions will help to reduce the risk of new variants - such as those first identified in South Africa and Brazil - entering England, the government hopes.

The U.K. transport department said the majority of cases of the South African variant detected in England so far were linked to worldwide travel and that very few are thought to have come from Europe. All other travellers will be banned from entering the country.

They will also not be able to end their managed quarantine early through the Test to Release scheme.

"They join the other 35 countries on the red list - which includes the UAE, South America and nations in South Africa. Commercial routes that will enable British and Irish nationals and residents to return to England continue to operate", the DfT said.

Overseas holidays are now banned due to Britain's coronavirus lockdown measures, but British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to make an announcement on Easter Monday about lifting restrictions in England.



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