The new travel system came into effect, the traffic light system was abolished, and a simpler two-layer layout was adopted.
The green and amber lists have basically been merged into the new “Other Worlds” list, but the red list remains the same.
Currently 54 countries are on the Red List, but there are reports that it could be significantly reduced in the next travel review.
South Africa is one of the popular winter destinations and you can escape the Red List. This is what you need to know.
When is your next travel review?
Since the introduction of the traffic light system, reviews have been conducted every three weeks, and each country is changing the list based on the evaluation of the data by the government.
These reviews were usually done on Wednesday or Thursday, but the final review was on Friday, September 17th due to a cabinet reshuffle.
The changes tend to take effect at 4 am, four days after the review, giving people time to return from the country where the rules have been changed as needed.
These regular reviews will continue and are expected to be updated in the next. October 7th or 8th..
New travel rules
Hotel quarantine will continue to be implemented in all Red List countries, regardless of vaccination status. This means that anyone arriving in the UK from any of these countries will need to be quarantined in a government-designated hotel for 10 days, and one traveler will cost more than £ 2,200.
Other regional rules will vary depending on vaccination status.
If fully vaccinated:
If not completely vaccinated:
- Pre-departure tests (PCR or lateral flow) must be done within 3 days before traveling to the UK
- Must be quarantined for 10 days after arrival
- You need to take the PCR test on the 2nd and 8th days
- If you take a PCR test on the 5th day and it is negative, you may be released from quarantine early.
Will South Africa leave the Red List?
Senior Whitehall sources said Me The government’s goal is to “continue to reduce the number of Red List destinations with each review,” but with more than 40 reports, it refused to withdraw only the number of countries to be removed.
Secretary of Transportation Grant Shapps said:
“Our priority is still to protect public health, but now that more than 8 out of 10 people are fully vaccinated, we will take these steps to reduce testing costs and restore the sector. Can be continued. “
South Africa has recorded only 16 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people in 7 days, and about 15% of the country is fully vaccinated.
Originally added to the Red List due to concerns about the beta version. However, Vicky Ford of the Foreign, Commonwealth Development Agency (FCDO Minister for Africa told Business Day that South African scientists reassured that the variant no longer exists in the country. “One of the major concerns is removed.”
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said:
At the end of last month, Pretoria’s High Commissioner said he was in talks with the British government about removing South Africa from the Red List.