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Holidays have been tough to navigate this year with travel restrictions changing constantly. As well as the UK’s own travel restrictions, more countries are now deciding to impose tighter measures on Britons arriving into their countries. The change in restrictions from some countries on Britons is largely due to the UK’s coronavirus infection rate which has soared in recent weeks.
Yesterday, the UK reported a daily rise in cases of more than 7,000.
The surge in cases is higher than the daily increases recorded in April during the coronavirus “peak”.
The UK is on track to record more than half a million cases within a week if cases continue to increase exponentially.
Now, South Africa has revealed that it will not be allowing tourists from countries with a high COVID-19 infection and death rates.
The new stringent measures include the UK and other European countries.
The UK is one of 57 countries on South Africa’s “banned leisure travel list”.
Other countries on the list include Greece, France, Hungary, Ireland and Portugal.
The country’s borders have reopened today to tourists in a boost for the country’s tourism industry.
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The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) updated its advice for Britons hoping to visit South Africa.
South Africa is not currently on the UK’s travel corridor list.
UK nationals require a visa to enter South Africa which will only be issued in “exceptional circumstances”.
South African nationals and foreign nationals with valid permanent residence permits for South Africa may enter the country.
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If you are eligible to enter South Africa, you will be quarantined or will need permission to self-isolate for 10 days after your arrival.
However, “the South African government announced that business travellers from the UK would be permitted entry into South Africa subject to certain criteria,” according to the FCDO website.
It added: “Permitted travellers will need to produce a negative COVID-19 test not older than 72 hours from the time of departure.
“Details of the new regulations, including visa requirements, are due to be published by the South African government shortly.”
Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor said the South African government would be making decisions by using epidemiological data when deciding which countries should be classified as high risk.
He said: “We will review the data every two weeks.”
“Airlines from high-risk countries are not necessarily banned, but their crew will be required to isolate … at the cost of their employer,” he added.
South Africa is currently recording a coronavirus case rate of 15.6 per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.
This is below the UK’s threshold of 20 which is one of the main criteria in deciding whether a country should be removed from the UK travel corridor list.
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