The situation has been quite hectic since the pandemic first took hold in the world. A lot of countries were, initially, unable to cope with the virus because it was so unexpected. Additionally, the rate of spread of the virus was quite swift and a lot of the world was infected before we could blink. Now that the vaccine is being administered to the general public, people can begin to travel again. This applies to people from Pakistan going abroad as well.
Recently, there have been a lot of discussions on how to proceed in such a scenario. Pakistan was put on the red list a while back, by the UK. This meant that people from Pakistan could not travel to the UK because of the pandemic. Now, it seems that one can travel there but it has to be done with certain regulations. So, let us see what we need to know about travel from here to the UK.
Pakistan And UK Travels
Now that Pakistan is off the red list, people can resume air travel to the UK. Firstly, the country has allowed the entry of citizens who are administered with five of the following vaccines,
- Johnson And Johnson
The WHO has approved the use of Sinopharm and Sinovac but these are not on the list of approved vaccines for the UK. Mandatory hotel isolation at a high cost is no longer a necessity. However, people travelling to the UK with any vaccines, not on the list, will be put in seld isolation.
Some Additional Procedures
Passengers will no longer need to take Pre-departure tests (PDTs) and a lot of the testing cost has been reduced as well. This applies to the fully vaccinated passengers. Passengers who test positive will be made to take a PCR test and it will be checked as to which variant it is. However, those who are not fully vaccinated will receive PDTs as well as day 2 and day 8 PCR tests. The self-isolation period will end when the test to release is cleared.
The government of the UK has advised people to be vaccinated in their resident country before heading for the country. It seems that these changes signify a simplified system that does even cost too much for a majority of people. Despite there being hefty procedures and protocols, a lot of the stuff is now simple. You just have to make sure that you are fully vaccinated. However, if it is the Chinese vaccines, prepare to be isolated upon arrival.
Heading Towards Organization
While the rules may seem a bit extra, it is a necessary measure that must be taken to make sure there are no high risks. Additionally, it is always better to do something beforehand in preparedness, rather than putting everyone else at risk.
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