SA Removed From UK Red List

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As of Monday 11 October, South Africa along with 47 other countries removed from the red list. This makes it easier for people to travel to and from the UK. The UK will also recognise proof of Covid-19 vaccination from SA. This means that people travelling to the UK will no longer have to quarantine in a hotel upon arrival.


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As of Monday 11 October, South Africa along with 47 other countries will be removed from the red list. This makes it easier for people to travel to and from the UK.
The UK will also recognise proof of Covid-19 vaccination from SA. This means that people travelling to the UK will no longer have to quarantine in a hotel upon arrival.
Previously, travellers from red-listed countries were prohibited from travelling to England. You were only allowed to travel if you were a British or an Irish National, or if you had residence rights in the UK.
Prior to travelling to England from a red-listed country, you had to take a Covid-19 test at least 3 days before you travelling, book a quarantine hotel package, including 2 Covid-19 tests and complete a passenger locator form. These rules apply to anyone who was in red-listed countries 10 days prior to travelling to the UK.
These rules came at an extra cost to the traveller, which discouraged tourists from travelling to and from the UK.
Vaccinated travellers will follow the same rules as British citizens, granted they have not been to a red-listed country 10 days prior to travelling to the UK.
CEO of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa, Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa has welcomed the announcement. He says that being on the red list cost South Africa more than R181 million from tourist spend.
He said, if you quantify that into jobs, you're talking about many many jobs that it could have been saved, the people that could have worked and earn full wages if we had that market open. That market is significant, you're talking about the largest source market for South Africa outside of the African continent. You're talking about the spend that surpasses many other countries and many other tourists coming from different countries”.
The direct contribution of the tourism sector to South Africa’s GDP was R130,1 billion in 2018 and constituted nearly 3% direct contribution to GDP. In 2019, 436 559 people from the UK visited South Africa. In 2020, this number dropped to 132 384 demonstrating the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on tourism in SA.
Seven countries will remain on the UK’s red list. These countries are Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela.

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