The United Kingdom (UK) has recently announced that it is removing India from the Red List and moving it to the to Amber List from August 8 while Pakistan is still on the Red List.

Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps took to Twitter to announce the news.

The website of the UK’s government states the rules if you are travelling from a country that lies in the Red List.


“What you must do if you have been in a country or territory on the Red List in the 10 days before you arrive in England,” states the website.

“If you have been in a country or territory on the Red List in the last 10 days you will only be allowed to enter the UK if you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK,” it added.

Travellers who are fully vaccinated will have to follow these rules:

Before you travel to England you must:

Take a Covid-19 test – children aged 10 and under do not need to take this test

Book a quarantine hotel package, including 2 Covid-19 tests

Complete a passenger locator form

On arrival in England you must:

Quarantine in a managed hotel, including 2 Covid-19 tests

Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari criticised the move and tweeted: “I had stated in April this year that UK was playing politics on Covid restrictions when they put Pak on Red List 2 weeks before India despite the Covid management disaster in India as opp to Pak’s good management raised internationally. NOW UK again playing politics targeting Pak.”

Social media users are not happy with the decision as Pakistan’s Covid-19 situation is not as bad as India.