SA Breaks Free From The UK Travelling Red List Ban

South Africans travelling to the United Kindom (UK) have been met with travel ban restrictions due to Covid-19 concerns. President Cyril Ramaphosa was subsequently advised to speak to the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson to remove the country from its red list and new developments have emerged since then. 


South Africa has been finally removed from the United Kingdom's restrictive red list, which has prohibited travel between the two countries since May. 

The delisting will come into effect on Monday 11 October, the UK's Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, announced on Thursday evening. 

The good news has been welcomed by the South African Health Minister Joe Phaahla, who was also excited to reveal that the UK will be recognising the Digital Vaccine Certificates being launched on Friday. 

Those vaccinated outside of the UK must be able to provide approved proof of vaccination. This means vaccinated citizens from South Africa will not be subjected to quarantine. 

The UK concerns to put South Africa on red list country emanated from the place of fear of the Beta variant which had resisted against the vaccines UK used. 

South Africa has however, according to Ramaphosa never experienced the dominance of the Beta variant but rather Delta variant which UK's vaccines have been responding well to.  

South Africa's removal from the red list comes as a relief for the tourism industry that has been hit the most by these travel ban restrictions, especially within the context of the upcoming summer season.

A UK shopkeeper, Rose Walkins who has been serving South African travelers for 16 years could not contain her excitement. 

People have lost parents and siblings often to Covid-19 they have not been able to be here and they have not been able to go which were totally disconnected. 

The delisting of South Africa next Monday comes as the Department of Health recently announced the launch of Digital Certificates for vaccinated citizens.  

The UK has announced that only 7 countries will remain on the red list.


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