UK removes Bangladesh from travel red list
Published: 08:31 AM, 18 September 2021 Updated: 09:11 AM, 18 September 2021
The UK has removed Bangladesh from its travel "red list" due to a decrease in coronavirus infection.
As per the decision, Bangladeshi nationals will enter the country from September 22 and will no longer require quarantine.
In a video message on Friday, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen welcomed the decision and thanked the British government for considering Bangladesh's request.
According to the media, Bangladesh will be moved to the lower-risk "amber list" from 4:00 am on September 22, which means travellers from Bangladesh will no longer require 10-day quarantine as part of Covid safety measures in a government-sanctioned hotel from that day.
Travellers from countries rated "amber" must also quarantine for 10 days on arrival in the UK. However, there is no requirement to do this in a government-sanctioned hotel; one can self-isolate at home or where they are staying.
Earlier on September 6, in a bilateral meeting with his British counterpart Dominic Raab, the Minister called upon the UK to review the red-listing travel restrictions on Bangladesh for Covid-19.
"Given Bangladesh's robust vaccine roll-out and significant reductions in covid infection to 9.82% and sufferings of more than 7000 British-Bangladeshis currently stranded in Bangladesh, the UK should consider removing Bangladesh from the covid red-list countries," he said at the meeting held virtually.
In reply, Raab assured that the UK would review the matter and his government is well aware of decreasing covid infections in Bangladesh.