South Africa will finally be removed from the UK’s travel red list, following the latest announcement from Transport Secretary Grant Shapps this afternoon.
The new rules come into effect at 4am on Monday, October 11. Until then travellers arriving in Britain from red list destinations are subject to a mandatory 10-day hotel quarantine. More than 430,000 British tourists visited South Africa in 2019.
Following the third wave of Covid-19 that peaked in mid-July, cases have been falling in South Africa. As of October 7, its seven-day infection rate is 16.7 per 100,000. By comparison, the UK’s current rate is 381.9