South Africa is back on UK’s red list

After a brief window where travelling to and from the United Kingdom, South Africa is placed on their red list yet again. The ban was reinstated effective Friday, 26 November after the discovery of a new Covid-19 variant.

Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibia have also been added to the UK’s red list. British Airways has started cancelling flights as a result. ‘We are aware of news from the Government about a ban on UK flights to South Africa. We will be contacting affected customers and colleagues in SouthAfrica and will update our website with the latest information,’ the airline said on Twitter. 

‘We are taking precautionary action to protect public health and the progress of our vaccine rollout at a critical moment as we enter winter, and we are monitoring the situation closely,’ UK government said.

‘No cases have been identified in the UK. We are taking these precautionary measures to protect public health and the progress we’ve made so far through our successful vaccination programme.’

Previously, South Africa along with several other countries was banned from entering the UK until early October this year. Soon after the ban on South Africa was lifted, travel experts are reporting a surge in flight bookings from South Africa.

By 13 October, air ticket sales from South Africa to London have tripled. ‘Our mobile app was also hugely popular with overall website traffic up by 50% since the announcement,’ said Andrew Stark, Flight Centre travel group MD.

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