Red Light, Green Light: SA Removed From UK Red List

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South Africa, along with ten other countries, will be taken off the United Kingdom’s Red List after weeks of uncertainty around international travel. 


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After the discovery of the Omicron Covid-19 variant, South African health authorities immediately sounded the alarm. In an emergency media briefing, they explained how the newly discovered vainaint was concerning due to its high number of protein spike variations.

Now South Africa, along with ten other countries, will be taken off the United Kingdom’s Red List after weeks of uncertainty around international travel.

Traveling from red listed countries many UK tourists who arrived back in Britain after 4am Sunday 28 November must now quarantine upon arrival in a quarantine managed hotel. They will also be required to book a quarantine hotel package and 2 Covid-19 tests.

This came at great personal costs to the individual and fears that it would see a sharp decline in tourism. Flights from countries where the omicron variant was discovered were also banned making it extremely difficult to travel to holiday destinations.

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) Minister Naledi Pandor welcomed the announcement that South Africa will be removed from the red list.

She said, “We are pleased that diplomacy is bearing fruits. Some [countries] have already begun lifting these restrictions that are inflicting so much harm on our economy and families”.

Pandor has also said it was disheartening that countries moved to close their borders so quickly after the announcement of the Omicron variant.

Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu also welcomed the announcement. She believes the announcement will help the recovery efforts of the tourism sector in the country.

She said “Today’s announcement by the UK government is a step in the right direction for South Africa’s tourism sector. When South Africa was added to the red list last month, the implementation of hotel quarantine instead of at home quarantine was a huge deterrent for Brits who were considering travelling to South Africa at a time when our tourism industry was just beginning to recover”.

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