London. The British government has lifted travel restrictions related to COVID-19 in 32 countries. The UK government updated a warning on Wednesday against all travel except for essential travel on public health grounds.
The 32 countries for which FCDO has updated the travel advisory include Algeria, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Comoros, Tokelau and Niue, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Fiji, Gambia, Guinea, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kosovo, Liberia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, S O Tom and PR NCPE, Senegal, Solomon Islands, Jana, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Congo, American Samoa, French Polynesia, and Ghana. India was not among the countries involved in this complete travel ban.
UK government sources have said the expansion of vaccine certification to additional countries will be reviewed approximately every three weeks, with this week expected to mark the first three weeks of review. Meanwhile, Indians entering the UK, irrespective of their vaccination status, need to undergo three PCR tests and isolate at a declared address.
New Delhi, giving a befitting reply to the British government, has made quarantine and RT-PCR test mandatory for British nationals coming to India from Monday. The UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) said the changes meant people would be able to travel in large numbers with ease. At the same time, Britain’s Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said that the change in these rules will make it easier to travel across Britain.
Along with this, he also said that more of us will find peace of mind after seeing friends and loved ones. The FCDO said it would continue to advise against essential travel to all red-listed countries and territories where the risk to British travelers is unacceptably high. It said there are plans to remove the advisory for more countries and territories in the coming days.