That’s better: The UK has finally come to its senses – after a blitz of scientific evidence – and South Africa is being removed from the travel red list.
It’s about time, too: Backed up by pseudo-science and a general lack of knowledge about variants in South Africa, the UK’s decision to keep Mzansi on its travel red list was puzzling, to say the least. However, sanity has now prevailed…
SOUTH AFRICA OFF THE TRAVEL RED LIST
The UK’s travel red list proved to be incredibly problematic for travellers from countries that had been flagged by the British Government. A South African, for example, would have been required to spend tens of thousands of rand on a two-week stay at a quarantined hotel if they wanted to visit the island nation.
The rigorous demands bordered on the farcical, killing the travel links between South Africa and the UK. But an announcement from Grant Shapps – the Conservative Government’s Transport Minister – has confirmed that SA will be removed from the travel red list, starting from 4:00 on Monday 11 October.
THE UK ALSO SET TO ‘RECOGNISE SA VACCINES’
Crucially, the UK has also vowed to recognise vaccine certification from South Africa. This also proved to be a controversial reason to keep SA travellers out of Britain, given that both countries are mainly reliant on Pfizer’s jab supply. But after a myriad of misunderstandings, the correct course of action has been taken… eventually.