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newsBL Premium reports that SA and 10 other African countries have been removed from the British government’s Covid-19 red list after it was slammed as “travel apartheid” by a number of leaders.

UK health secretary Sajid Javid made the announcement on Tuesday, saying community transmission of the Omicron variant in the UK meant “the travel red list is now less effective in slowing the incursion of Omicron from abroad”. Travel into Britain will no longer be restricted to citizens and residents. But all travellers will still be required to take either a PCR or rapid lateral flow test a maximum of 48 hours before departure. Business and the government in SA cautiously welcomed the announcement. International relations and co-operation spokesperson Clayson Monyela said red-listing SA and the other countries “was an unjustified and unscientific decision to start with” and it went against the advice of the World Health Organization and the UN as well as scientists. “The impact of the ban has been devastating on two-way business, the travel and tourism industry as well as on families,” he pointed out. Tourism minister Lindiwe Sisulu said the red list requirement of a mandatory 10-day hotel quarantine on return to the UK was a huge deterrent for Britons who were considering travelling to SA, but the country was hoping to welcome British travellers again soon. “The UK announcement has come just in time to allow families and friends to unite over the festive season,” she said.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Carien du Plessis, Katharine Child and Thando Maeko at BusinessLive (subscriber access only)

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