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Remove Bangladesh from red list

Submitted by Tamanna sultana on Monday 12th April 2021

Published on Thursday 15th April 2021

Current status: Open

Open until: Friday 15th October 2021

Current Signatures: 11,865
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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Bangladesh ~ Covid ~ Covid-19 ~ list ~ quarantine ~ Red list ~ RedList ~ Remove ~ testing

Petition Action

Remove Bangladesh from red list

Petition Details

To remove hotel quarantine for Bangladesh

Additional Information

Keep rapid testing


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Government Response

The Government responded to this petition on Monday 13th September 2021

Decisions on the Red List are made by Ministers, informed by the latest scientific data and public health advice, to protect public health and the vaccine rollout from variants of COVID-19.

Bangladesh was added the red list on 9 April 2021 with enhanced travel restrictions because there was evidence to suggest community transmission of variants of concern. UK Government took this decisive action to impose additional measures on Bangladesh to limit the importation of variants of concern and to protect the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

These measures permit entry to only British and Irish Nationals (and third country nationals with residence rights in the UK) arriving from red list countries, who are required to quarantine in government managed hotels. These are all temporary measures that are kept under regular review.

On 17 May 2021, UK Government introduced the traffic light system to provide a risk-based framework for the safe and sustainable return to international travel. The traffic light system categorises countries and territories based on risk to protect public health and the vaccine rollout from variants of COVID-19. The traffic light system categorises countries based on risk to protect public health and the vaccine rollout from variants of COVID-19. The Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC) produces risk assessments of countries and territories. Decisions on red, amber or green list assignment and associated border measures are taken by Ministers, who take into account the JBC risk assessments, alongside wider public health factors.

Key factors in the JBC risk assessment of each country include:

- Genomic surveillance capability
- COVID-19 transmission risk
- Variant of Concern transmission risk

A summary of the JBC methodology is published on gov.uk, alongside key data that supports Ministers' decisions. The summary of the JBC methodology is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-risk-assessment-methodology-to-inform-international-travel-traffic-light-system and the data is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/data-informing-international-travel-risk-assessments.

Country allocations to the traffic light system are reviewed every three weeks, unless concerning evidence means we need to act faster to protect public health. At the last review on 26 August, it was decided that Bangladesh should remain on the red list because Bangladesh has low testing and limited sequencing, and as such we cannot be confident what has driven the recent wave in Bangladesh. Without measures, there is a risk of high-risk variants with potential for high public health risk to enter the UK from Bangladesh.

We will not compromise the hard-won progress we have made on our vaccine programme, but the measures we take are important steps in a return to safe and sustainable international travel that can co-exist with an endemic COVID-19.
As with all our coronavirus measures, we keep the red list under regular review and our priority remains to protect the health of the public in the UK.

Department for Transport

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