ISLAMABAD: The United Kingdom has removed Pakistan from the red list of travel bans. This is great news for the country. “I am happy to confirm that Pakistan has been removed from the red list,”
Christian Turner, the UK’s High Commissioner to Pakistan, wrote on social networking site Twitter. I know how difficult the last five months have been for so many people who rely on the closeness between Pakistan and the British.
He thanked Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Special Assistant for Health and said that it was the result of mutual efforts. In another tweet, he wrote that Pakistan would continue to work with the UK to ensure data sharing and public health protection in both countries.
According to British Transport Secretary Grant Shops, the UK has removed eight countries from the red list of travel bans, including Pakistan, Turkey and the Maldives. The decision to remove from the red list will take effect on Wednesday, September 22 at 4 p.m. Introducing the new system for international travel from October 4.
According to the British newspaper The Telegraph, besides Pakistan, the countries that have been removed from the red list include Turkey, Egypt, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Oman, Bangladesh and Kenya.
From September 22, those coming to the UK from these countries will be able to go home without being quarantined in a hotel. On the other hand, Federal Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has welcomed the decision of the United Kingdom to remove Pakistan from the red list.
It may be recalled that the UK has placed Pakistan on the red list of travel bans since April. While India was removed from the list last month, Pakistan was retained in the same list.