A travellers arrives at Heathrow's Terminal 5 in west London. File/AFP
Gulf Today Report
British government on Friday decided to take Pakistan and some other countries off its "red list" for international travel after almost five months, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said.
Eight countries and territories, including Pakistan, Turkey and Maldives, will come off the travel red list at 4:00am on Sept.22, he tweeted.
"From Oct.4, if you’re fully [vaccinated] you won't need a pre-departure test before arrival into England from a non-red country and from later in Oct, will be able to replace the day 2 PCR test with a cheaper lateral flow," he said.
British High Commissioner to Pakistan Christian Turner also shared the news on Twitter.
"Pleased to confirm Pakistan is off the red list. I know how difficult the last 5 months were for so many who rely on close links between the United Kingdom & Pakistan," he tweeted.
Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, Asad Umar, said: "Good to know finally the right decision [has been] taken to take Pakistan off red list. UK High Commission in Pak has been supportive throughout. Support for conveying facts about the COVID-19 situation in Pakistan by UK parliamentarians is also highly appreciated.”
Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari credited Prime Minister Imran Khan's "strong stance" on the issue.
"Pak was dealt with unfairly so it was time for UK govt to put things right!" she said.
New cases totalled 6,040, a slight rise on Friday's 5,947, government data showed, while the number of people who had received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine rose to 21,796,278.
Polio virus has been detected in sewage samples in the British capital, the first sign since the 1980s that the virus could be spreading in the country, but no cases have been found, authorities said.
Prime Minister's Special Assistant for Overseas Pakistanis Zulfikar Bukhari received the flight on the tarmac.
Belgium has removed Pakistan from the list of Corona High Risk Countries and lifted the travel ban on Pakistan. The ban on Pakistan has been lifted since July 4. Earlier, Turkey had also announced easing of travel restrictions for Pakistan.
Sources familiar with the details of the accident said that it occurred on Monday afternoon, as a result of a malfunction in the bus's brakes, which led it to collide with a bridge, according to local media.
Mariam Al Kaabi, UAE Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt and Permanent Representative of the UAE to the Arab League, represented the UAE during the signing ceremony.
They prayed to Allah Almighty to perpetuate the blessings of security and stability, and to revisit the fasting month with more goodness, progress, and prosperity for the UAE and its people.
Sheikh Mohammed said on Twitter, “Today, I was briefed, accompanied by my brother, the President of the State, may God preserve him, on the ongoing preparations in the country to host the COP28 Conference of the Parties, in which 70,000 people from 198 countries are expected to participate. Our national team is ready. Protect the planet.”