UK PM Boris Johnson Cancels Trip To India Owing To COVID-19; UK Puts India On Travel Red List

While Boris Johnson has temporarily called off his India trip, India has been enlisted in the Red List for travellers as well. Read more to know details.

Srimoyee Bhattacharya

April 22, 2021

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India’s total number of recorded COVID-19 cases have been ever-increasing. With another wave of the coronavirus hitting the nation, several things have turned upside down with the absolute awfulness of the situation. Ahead of India being added to the Red List, UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson cancelled his initial plans of flying to the nation which was scheduled for April 25, 2021.

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Boris Johnson, the PM of the United Kingdom, has cancelled the plans for his trip to India that was scheduled for April 25, 2021. On April 19, 2021, the UK Prime Minister opted to put his plans of visiting India on hold owing to the extremely dreadful COVID-19 situation that Indian citizens are dealing with, in the country. Boris Johnson stated that he would conduct a virtual call with Narendra Modi, who is the Prime Minister of India, instead. Boris’ changed decision came right before India was added to the Red List. The UK Health Secretary Matt Hannock announced in The House of Commons that from 4 am (UK Time) and 8:30 am (IST) of April 23, 2021, a Friday, India would be a part of the said list.

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This addition of India to the Red List implies that any non-UK or non-Irish citizen or resident can not enter the United Kingdom if they have visited India in the previous 10 days. Downing Street and the Ministry of External Affairs revealed that the cancellation of Boris Johnson’s trip to India was a joint decision. Boris said that it was only smart to postpone the trip with how grim the circumstances looked like in India. Further, he added that everyone sympathises with India for the COVID-19 conditions that the nation is battling currently.

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