The South African government has announced that it will step up efforts to get off the UK’s travel red list.
In a statement, the country’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) said it was puzzled by the UK’s decision to keep South Africa on the red list of countries facing restrictions. strict and at high costs when entering the UK.
The South African government is intrigued by the decision of the United Kingdom (UK) to keep South Africa on the red list of countries facing strict restrictions and high costs when entering the UK. United.
– DIRCO South Africa (@DIRCO_ZA) September 19, 2021
“Thousands of families and businessmen in South Africa and the UK are shocked by this continued exclusion, especially given SA’s progress in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, as evidenced by the rapid decline in infection rates due to the robust vaccination program and excellent science, ”DIRCO said in a statement.
Commenting on the decision to keep the country on the Red List, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor said: “We strongly believe that there is no reasonable basis to keep 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 its move is not just hurting the tourism industry, but other businesses in both countries.
On September 17, the UK removed eight countries from its red list, including Kenya and Egypt.