Cape Town – The UK is reportedly set to scrap its red list, which bans visitors from countries it deems to have a high risk associated with Covid-19 as soon as Tuesday.
According to BusinessDay, the travel red list has left South Africa’s tourism industry facing a bleak holiday season and has damaged relations between the two countries.
Dozens of nations from Europe to Asia have blacklisted South Africa and its neighbours since South African scientists flagged Omicron on November 25.
The flight bans have angered several African leaders, who have repeatedly said that the selective bans are “pointless”.
Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday that ministers in Britain believed the move to remove the bans was logic given that the number of omicron cases in the UK was doubling every two to three day.
Johnson told a Downing Street press conference last week that his government would review travel restrictions “given the way omicron is now seeded around the world, and not just in red-listed countries,” the report said.
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