LONDON: Pakistan and Bangladesh are amongst 4 extra countries added to the “pink list” of nations from the place journey to and from England is banned to management the unfold of coronavirus.
The ban introduced on Friday will come into impact from April 9 and in addition cowl the Philippines and Kenya in response to concerns about new variants of COVID-19 in these areas, like these detected in South Africa and Brazil.
India presently shouldn’t be on the pink list of countries, with an air bubble association in operation for important journey whereas non-essential worldwide journey from the UK stays banned underneath present lockdown guidelines.
Philippines, Pakistan, Kenya and Bangladesh have been added to England’s pink list to defend the nation in opposition to new variants of coronavirus (COVID-19), at a important time for the vaccine programme, the Department for Transport (DfT) mentioned in a press release.
“With over 30 million vaccinations delivered within the UK to this point, the extra restrictions will assist to scale back the danger of new variants resembling these first recognized in South Africa (SA) and Brazil getting into England. So far, surveillance has discovered that few instances of the SA variant have been recognized as being imported from Europe, with most coming from different components of the world,” it mentioned.
From 4 am native time subsequent week Friday, worldwide guests who’ve departed from or transited by these 4 extra countries on a 40-country pink list within the earlier 10 days can be refused entry into England.
Only British and Irish residents, or these with residence rights within the UK (together with long-term visa holders), can be allowed to enter they usually should keep in a government-approved quarantine facility for 10 days.
They may also be required to arrive into a chosen port.
No direct flight bans from these countries can be put in place, however passengers are suggested to examine their journey plans earlier than departing for England.
During their keep, all passengers linked to the pink list are required to take a coronavirus check on or earlier than day 2 and on or after day 8, and are usually not allowed to shorten their obligatory 10-day quarantine interval on receipt of a unfavorable check consequence.
They may also not find a way to finish their managed quarantine early by the Test to Release scheme, in place for others linked to countries not on the journey ban list.
British nationals presently within the countries on the pink list ought to make use of the business choices obtainable if they need to return to England.
Commercial routes that may allow British and Irish nationals and residents to return to England proceed to function, the DfT mentioned.
Overseas journey is probably going to ease for Britons solely after May 17, as half of the UK authorities’s phased roadmap for lifting coronavirus lockdown restrictions.