UK updates travel advisory: Restrictions on all travel except 'essential travel' lifted for 32 countries
The UK government on Wednesday updated its official travel advisory for 32 countries. Britain updated its advisory on Wednesday for all travel except essential travel on public health grounds, lifting COVID-19 restrictions from 32 countries, including Bangladesh and Malaysia.
India is not included in the list of these countries with the complete travel ban. This affects the ability of passengers to access travel insurance. The UK Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) said the change meant people would be able to travel to a greater number of destinations with greater ease.
UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said the change in these rules would make it easier to travel in the UK. This will benefit businesses and families. Through this, more people will get a chance to meet friends and loved ones.
He said that we are striking the right balance between keeping people safe, which remains our priority, and while supporting the travel sector, we are giving them the freedom to take personal responsibility as the situation is getting better now.
The British government's update on international travel is now described as a simpler system and has also reduced testing requirements for fully vaccinated travelers. However, fully vaccinated Indians are yet to benefit from this new system as talks are on to include India in the list of vaccinated countries.
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 vaccination status are required to undergo three PCR tests and self-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 32 countries for which FCDO has updated the travel advisory include Algeria, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Comoros, Tokelau and Niue, Djibouti, Mediterranean Guinea, Fiji, Gambia, Guinea, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Koriya, Kosovo, Madagascar. Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, SO Tom and PR NCPE, Senegal, Solomon Islands, Jana, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Congo, America Samoa, French Polynesia, and Ghana.