UK adds 4 countries to travel ban list

Pakistan, Bangladesh added to UK Covid travel ban list

Pakistan, Bangladesh added to UK Covid travel ban list

But they must first pay to quarantine in a government-approved hotel for 10 days.

Travel bans are to be introduced for visitors from the Philippines, Pakistan, Kenya and Bangladesh, the British Department of Transport (DfT) said Friday.

In a statement, the government said: "Philippines, Pakistan, Kenya and Bangladesh have been added to England's red list to protect the country against new variants of coronavirus (COVID-19), at a critical time for the vaccine programme".

The UK said the ban will help reduce the risk of new variants, such as those first discovered in South Africa and Brazil, from entering England.

The U.K. transport department said the majority of cases of the South African variant detected in England so far were linked to global travel and that very few are thought to have come from Europe.

Under Boris Johnson's roadmap, worldwide travel could resume by May 17 at the earliest - although a review of this will be revealed next week.

No direct flight bans from the four countries will be put in place, but passengers are advised to check their travel plans before departing for England.

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In total, 11,468 people are under public health monitoring because of identified exposure to known cases. Officials have now recorded 3,324 cases of COVID-19 in the island region since the pandemic began.

Travellers who have been in or transited through these countries will be denied entry into the European country.

Citizens will have to take a coronavirus test on day two and on day eight and will not be permitted to shorten the quarantine period if they test negative for Covid-19.

They will not be able to end it early through the Test to Release scheme either.

Panama, Paraguay, Qatar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Suriname, Peru, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia, and Zimbabwe are also on the travel ban list.

Commercial routes that will enable British and Irish nationals and residents to return to England continue to operate.

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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