ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi has welcomed United Kingdom’s decision to remove Pakistan from the red list. Shah Mahmood Qureshi in a video message congratulated the people who have been unable to travel and to meet their family members for months and hoped it would ease their sufferings. He said the removal of Pakistan from the UK red list would also ease the heavy cost the travelers between the two countries had to bear, due to the restrictions.
He was in particular appreciative of the former British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who during his last visit to Pakistan, was apprised in detail about the problems of the British Pakistani citizens and how Pakistan was tackling the Covid19 pandemic in a scientific manner.
Prior to this Britain has removed eight countries including Pakistan, Turkey and Maldives from the international travel red list to make travel easier for fully vaccinated people.
In a tweet, UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said double-vaccinated travelers coming from non-red list countries will no longer have to take pre-departure tests from 4th of next month. He said the measure has been taken to reduce costs, take advantage of higher levels of vaccination and keep us all safe.