China: Cooperation with Pakistan has ‘increased’ says expert
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International travel was given the green light on May 17 as the Department for Transport unveiled a small number of countries that would be on its green, amber and red lists. Destinations have been designated a traffic light colour depending on the associated Covid risk, and have assigned rules for inbound travellers to match.
On May 14, Prime Minister Boris Johnson indicated there would not be significant changes to the green list under the system’s early reviews.
Mr Johnson said: “There is a very limited list as you know and we will certainly be making sure that people travelling abroad will be subject to all the tests and constraints to prevent the virus being reimported.
“That is why it’s such a tiny list of countries and I don’t expect we will be adding to it very rapidly.”
However, contradicting himself, just a few days later Mr Johnson told the Conservative 1922 Committee that “quite a few” countries were in with a chance of being added to the list in early June.
Can I travel to Pakistan?
Pakistan is on the UK’s red list for travel as things stand, meaning you shouldn’t be travelling there.
If you do travel to Pakistan in spite of the advice, 10 days before coming back to the UK you will have to:
Take a COVID-19 test
Book a quarantine hotel package (at your own expense), including two Covid tests
Complete a passenger locator form
On arrival in England, you will have to quarantine for a period of time in a specially managed hotel and take two Covid tests.
Travellers may also encounter issues on the other side as Pakistan has restricted the number of international flights coming in and going out since May 5.
On May 20, the Pakistan Government announced entry restrictions for inbound British travellers would be lifted from midnight on March 23.
However, travellers are still required to present evidence of a negative Covid PCR test taken 72 hours before the intended departure.
You are not allowed to use the NHS testing service for a test to facilitate your entry into another country, instead, you should arrange a private one.
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However, the situation in Pakistan appears to be improving so there could be a glimmer of hope for it to be moved to green or amber.
With just 1,843 new infections reported on Wednesday, June 2, Pakistan reported less than 2,000 confirmed cases for the second day in a row, pushing the national tally of cases to 924,667.
The ratio of positive cases in Pakistan currently stands at 3.9 percent, with the country reportedly recording a ratio under five percent for the ninth consecutive day.
According to official data provided by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), about 47,183 tests were conducted within the 24 hours to Wednesday, 1,843 of which yielded a positive result, reports Geo TV.
There have been at least 80 deaths in the same period of time, bringing the overall death toll to 20,930.
The country’s single-day COVID-19 daily death toll remains below 100 for the 12th consecutive day in a row on Wednesday.
The UK Government has said it will decide whether or not countries are transferred to another list based on three requirements, which are:
- The percentage of a country’s population that have been vaccinated
- The rate of infection
- The prevalence of variants of concern
- The country’s access to reliable scientific data and genomic sequencing
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