The United Kingdom has removed 11 African countries from red-list
As of Wednesday 15 December, Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, are removed from the notorious UK red-list of countries affected by travel restrictions. The UK red-list was reintroduced in November as precaution after the emergence of the Covid-variant Omicron.
Back in November, South African scientists had confirmed the presence of the Omicron variant, however this led to renewed travel bans on South Africa and other African countries, with some calling the restrictions a form of “travel Apartheid”. Whilst South Africa’s health minister Joe Phaahla said the travel bans imposed on the country were “against the norms and standards” advised by the World Health Organisation.
Speaking to the UK Parliament, Health Secretary Sajid Javid stated “the travel red list is now less effective in slowing the incursion of Omicron from abroad,”. All testing measures for arrivals will remain in place.
Recent South African research Data indicates Omicron is milder, better at evading vaccines. What experts know right now about Omicron and COVID vaccines.
But have travel bans done too much damage? What are the consequences when tourism draw to a standstill? There is much to consider when justifying travel bans and we certainly wouldn’t wish to be in any unenviable position where such significant decisions are made, it’s no easy task. One must consider the stakeholders of tourism; tour guides, hotels, facilities, activities centres and national parks, the list is endless. We then must look at how various initiatives such as wildlife conservation projects are funded and much of it is through revenue brought by tourists and without them, more than people suffer – wildlife, communities, habitat all play key roles and any loss of significant revenue can be disastrous.
Let’s continue working together for the betterment of one-another and let’s tackle this continuing pandemic as affectively as possible, because we all want each other to be safe, to see friends & family and to get past this hurdle.
Please carry on securing your own safety and the safety of others. View all information available to you, in order to make a well informed decision on whether you travel today or tomorrow. Your safety is paramount. Supporting a safe tourism industry is a fantastic give-back.
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