The South African government has announced that it will intensify its efforts to remove it from the UK’s red travel list.
In a statement, the country’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) said it was confused by the UK’s decision to keep South Africa on the red list of countries facing severe restrictions and high costs on entering the UK are.
The government of South Africa is stunned by the UK’s decision to keep South Africa on the red list of countries facing severe restrictions and high costs on entering the UK.
– DIRCO South Africa (@DIRCO_ZA) September 19, 2021
“Thousands of families and business people in South Africa and the UK are shocked by this persistent exclusion, especially given SA’s progress in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, as evidenced by the rapid decline in infection rates due to its robust vaccination program and excellent science. “Said DIRCO in a statement.
The Minister for International Relations and Cooperation, Naledi Pandor, commented on the decision to keep the country on the Red List: “We firmly believe that there is no reasonable basis for keeping South Africa on the Red List and I am very disappointed.”
Pandor added that DIRCO is optimistic that the UK government will finally realize that their decision not only harms the tourism industry but also other companies from both countries.
The United Kingdom removed eight countries from its red list on September 17th, including Kenya and Egypt.