In South Africa, UK travel ban sparks misunderstanding

If you have spent the last ten days in a relisted country, such as South Africa, and you are not British or resident, you cannot enter British territory. Cindy Webster and her children cannot move with their father, who has gone to the United Kingdom to look for work. “We can’t pay for the visa, plus 2,500 euros per person for the quarantine, Condemn Cindy Webster. So we wait and see, and during that time we have no more money to go to the UK. I really hope it gets picked up to be able to get a visa and see my husband because we can’t live without him, we need to be together!

It is clear that with such a quarantine fee, British tourists have left South Africa. South African Tourism Ministry spokesman Blessing Manale said the region has suffered greatly: “Due to UK sanctions, we lose about 1.5 million euros per day. In nine months, that adds up to hundreds of millions. More generally, the number of foreign travelers has dropped by 71% since 2019 “

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa called on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week to clarify the matter and reassure the British. They say they are concerned about the presence of a beta version, formerly called the South African version, when it was long replaced by the delta version. We had to do pedagogy. “We managed to demonstrate to them scientifically why the decision to put South Africa on the Red List is unfair and not based on science or any evidence”. Clayson Monella, spokesman for South African diplomacy.

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“The reality is that our infection rates in South Africa have dropped drastically and our vaccination campaign is going very well.”

Claeson Monella, Spokesperson for South African Diplomacy

for franceinfo

South Africa seems to have been heard. According to the Sunday Telegraph, many countries, including South Africa, could be out of this red list as early as this week.

A reduction that will take place in time ahead of COP26, to be held in Glasgow, Scotland, in early November. South Africa has indicated that it may refuse to go there if it is placed on the Red List.

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