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Britain adds Philippines, Bangladesh, Kenya, Pakistan to ‘red list’

Britain adds Philippines, Bangladesh, Kenya, Pakistan to ‘red list’

HEATHROW. Travellers walk through Terminal 2 at Heathrow Airport, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in London, Britain February 14, 2021.

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(1st UPDATE) UK Ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruce says Filipinos who have 'residence rights in the UK' may still enter Britain, but will have to quarantine

Britain said on Friday, April 2, it would add the Philippines, Bangladesh, Kenya, and Pakistan to its travel “red list,” banning entry to people arriving from those countries unless they are British or Irish nationals.

Those who come to Britain from countries on the red list will be refused entry, while returning Britons must submit to 10 days of mandatory quarantine in hotels.

From 4 am on April 9 (UK time), Pakistan, Kenya, the Philippines and Bangladesh will be put on the list, the government said, joining about three dozen other nations mainly in Africa, the Middle East, and South America.

There have been calls for the inclusion of some European countries where COVID-19 cases have surged, but the government has said it currently has no plans to do so.

Quarantine for returnees with UK residence rights

UK Ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruce said Filipinos who have “residence rights in the UK” may still enter the country, but will be subject to quarantine.

“You cannot enter the UK from the Philippines unless you are a British or Irish national or if you are a third country national, including Filipino, who has residence rights in the UK,” Pruce said in a video posted on Twitter.

Pruce said all those exempted from the red list will have to undergo hotel quarantine after arrival, which is a more strict quarantine than last year where arriving passengers needed only to quarantine at home and be monitored.

In a tweet, Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Brigido Dulay said the red list was “understandable, with our current surge.”

“Filipinos going to the UK should reach out to their airline/travel agent,” said Dulay.

More information on the red list notice is available here. – with reports from Lian Buan/Rappler.com