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newsBL Premium reports that SA has finally been removed from the UK’s red list, meaning that from Monday fully vaccinated travellers returning to Britain after visiting the country will no longer have to spend 10 days in quarantine.

The cost of hotel quarantine, required by people who have been in a red-list country, was prohibitive, totalling more than £2,000 (about R40,700). SA’s inclusion on the list in 2021 has been devastating for the tourist industry as the UK is SA’s biggest tourist market, with over 430,000 arrivals a year before the pandemic. The restriction was also difficult for many people who have family in both countries. After Britain kept SA on the list when it updated it a few weeks ago, an outcry by SA scientists, media, politicians and the government called into question the reasoning for keeping it on the list, even as Covid-19 cases decreased and vaccination ramped up. Britain on Thursday cut the number of countries on the red list from 54 to seven. David Frost, CEO of tourism industry body SATSA, said after the ban was lifted: “We are incredibly elated. It cost us billions. It cost us jobs and livelihoods.” Tourism minister Lindiwe Sisulu also welcomed the decision: “We are delighted to see the UK restrictions on travel to SA have been lifted ... We look forward to welcoming our British visitors in time for the SA summer season.”

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Katharine Child at BusinessLive (subscriber access only)

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