Pakistan applies ban on UK travel as new coronavirus strain breeds panic

Pakistan applies ban on UK travel as new coronavirus strain breeds panic

The government on Monday placed a temporary restriction on inbound travellers from the United Kingdom into Pakistan that will come into effect on the midnight of December 22.

It was decided in the meeting of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) which held in Islamabad to review the situation of the covid-19 cases across the country.

According to the notification issued by aviation authority, the restriction will apply to all passengers until the midnight of Dec 29 who start their travel from the UK and are in or have been in the UK over the past 10 days.

“Transit passengers who do not leave the airside in the UK from destinations other than the UK will be allowed entry into Pakistan,” the notification said.

Just days before the Brexit cliff edge, the UK stood shut off from the rest of Europe after several countries cut transport ties over fears of a new coronavirus strain, heightening global panic and causing travel chaos.

France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Ireland, Belgium, Israel, Turkey and Canada were among those that shut off travel ties after UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned that a highly infectious new strain of the virus was a danger to the country.

Queues of travellers were seen rushing to beat the border closures in airports around Europe, as more countries consider shutting the door to UK travellers.