The United Kingdom has withdrawn the red list, with travel authorization for 11 African countries

(Agence Ecofin) – Many African nationals, since last month, have been restricted in their travel plans, whether for family or business reasons.

The United Kingdom has canceled its red list reintroduced last November that constitutes a travel ban on passengers coming from and going to 11 African countries. Secretary of State for Transportation Grant Shapps announced that all countries were removed from this list on Wednesday, December 15 at 4:00 AM.

The eleven countries affected by this decision are “Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe”.

The cancellation of this list, which was replenished due to the discovery of the new Omicron variant, comes in a context that has been demonstrated, according to some experts. “The vaccine does not prevent the transmission of the virus, as we are currently seeing in Europe.” So the tests the Only reliable measures to assess the condition of the traveler.

“Now that there is community transmission of the variant in the country and the virus has spread widely around the world, a red list targeting travelers from certain countries is now less effective in slowing the incursion of the Omicron variant from abroad,” according to it. to Sajid Javid, British Minister of State for Health and Social Affairs.

As it stands, travel to and from the UK is subject to quarantine procedures and the requirements to pass coronavirus tests. This relaxation, which allows the citizens of these countries to reunite with their families, is also an act that will revive tourism and business, which sectors have been severely affected by the restrictive measures.

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