Pakistan disappointed over UK’s decision to keep it on travel red list

LONDON: Pakistan has expressed “disappointment” over the British government’s decision to retain the country on its travel red list.

“Disappointed with the decision to retain Pakistan on Red List. Entails continuing hardship for thousands of Pakistanis and British Pakistanis,” the Pakistan High Commission in London said in a statement after the UK announced its latest travel red list.

The HC added that the country had shared all relevant data with the British authorities regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. “Question mark over equity & consistency of criteria being employed!”

On Thursday, the UK released its latest list of countries facing travel restrictions, keeping Pakistan on the BSB Red List and angering British Pakistanis who had been urging the government to lift the restrictions while India has been moved to the amber list.

Pakistan remains in the list for failing to meet the requirements on genomic surveillance capability, transmission risk, and variants of concern.