SA Could Be Removed From UK Red List

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A United Kingdom Newspaper revealed that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the UK’s red list will be cut from 54 countries to just nine.


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A United Kingdom Newspaper revealed that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the UK’s red list will be cut from 54 countries to just nine.
This has led to speculation that South Africa will be removed from the list, which will allow travel between the UK and South Africa.
Tourism Business Council of South Africa's Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa has welcomed the reports as good news. He says this could be seen as an indication of the good work being done by the government and the private sector. He does however say that until an official announcement is made, we must remain hopeful.
Tshivhengwa said, “we are looking for one answer and that one answer only is that South Africa should be removed from the red list and the travel between the two countries should resume, including investment, including friends and relatives who wants to travel between the two countries and we believe that that that's the only answer that we expect from the UK government and we believe it should happen.”
Last week President Cyril Ramaphosa said he had made a phone call to Boris Johnson where he ‘put South Africa’s case to him’. According to the President, Johnson understood this very well.
In 2019, 436 559 people from the UK visited South Africa. The UK accounted for the highest number of international visitors to South Africa. In 2020, this number dropped to 132 384 demonstrating the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on travel from the UK to South Africa.
Tshivhengwa says that the issues around stopping travel between countries needs to be dealt with on a scientific basis. He believes that there are better ways of dealing with the current challenges around international travel than a red list.
“We need to make sure that our scientists can meet and they can discuss these issues so there's always a concern because we don't know what we're dealing with. We have a health issue that happened to impact the economy in the bad way and tourism happens to be the casualty of this pandemic” concluded Tshivhengwa.

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