SA to be removed from the UK’s red list

October 4, 2021

Apparently, President Ramaphosa spoke to Boris Johnson about this issue.

South African officials have been engaged in long talks with the British government to get South Africa removed from the UK’s so-called “red list”. This list sets out a list of countries from which the UK do not allow any travellers, mainly due to Coronavirus fears.

Now, South Africa is going to be removed from the red list after President Ramaphosa gave UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, a call.

“This has put us in a disadvantaged position since the United Kingdom is South Africa’s biggest source of tourism from the northern hemisphere and a significant trading partner,” Ramaphosa said.

In the UK, the Telegraph reported that the UK is underway to abolish travel restrictions for virtually all countries. The red list currently includes 54 countries that will be slashed to only 9. The updated red list is expected to be announced as early as Thursday this week.

If a country has been removed from the list, travellers from those destinations are able to enter the UK without self-isolating. It is expected that for this to apply, travellers will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Other countries that are expected to be removed from the list are Brazil and Mexico.

Recently, South Africa officially exited the third wave of infections. The country has also dropped a few lockdown levels, with South Africa now being on alert level 1, the lowest level we currently have.

According to Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa, CEO of the Tourism Business Council of SA, the country loses about R26 million every day it remains on the UK’s red list.