South Africa has been removed from the UK government’s red list after an immediate travel ban was imposed in November following the discovery of the new COVID-19 variant by scientists in the country.
The decision comes after the UK was heavily criticised for adding South Africa to its list. According to Health Secretary Sajid Javid who made the announcement on Tuesday, December 14 the lifting of the ban will come into effect at 6 am South African time on Wednesday morning, EWN reports.
Along with South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Zambia and Zimbabwe have also been removed from the list.
In the meantime, the Association of Southern African Travel Agents is calling on other countries to follow the UK’s lead and scrap draconian travel restrictions on SA, Times Live reported.