LONDON: The UK government has added Pakistan to its ‘Red List’ of travel ban countries.
The British High Commissioner in Pakistan, Dr Christian Turner on Friday announced the travel update in a video message posted on Twitter.
“Red Listing means that the only UK and 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,” he said.
The commissioner said passengers seeking to travel to the UK from Pakistan will have to pay for a mandatory quarantine stay at a hotel in the UK.
The measures will come into effect from April 9, 4:00 am. The High Commissioner added that direct flights between both countries will continue to operate as usual, however, their schedules could change.
Kenya, Bangladesh and the Philippines have also been added to England’s coronavirus “red list”.
Earlier, Thousands have travelled from the UK to Pakistan in recent months as the UK went into a second lockdown. Many of them are still in the country on extended holidays.
Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar has said that the UK variant of the coronavirus is much “more deadlier” than the original COVID-19 virus that had emerged from Wuhan in China.