UK extends travel ban to Southern Africa, Seychelles and Mauritius on Covid variant

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Travelers from nine southern African countries, as well as the Indian Ocean islands of Seychelles and Mauritius, have until 4 a.m. on Saturday January 9 to reach England if they want to escape the last one. travel ban.

The latest ruling concerns anyone who has been to Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Eswatini, Zambia, Malawi, Lesotho, Mozambique or Angola, or the islands, within the past 10 days and is separate from the list of travel lanes.
A travel ban was initially imposed on South Africa on December 23, after concerns about the sharp increase in the incidence of the new variant. Direct flights between the UK and South Africa are currently banned, but connections via third countries continue.
British and Irish citizens, long-term visa holders and permanent residents will still be allowed to travel to England, but will need to isolate themselves with the rest of their homes upon return.
The usual exemptions for professions such as air crew will not apply and the quarantine cannot be shortened through the “test release” program.
The same measures are expected to be imposed by Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and will be in place for at least two weeks.
The government is looking at the science and looking at other ways to reduce the risk.
Mauritius, Seychelles and Botswana were previously among the few places on the “travel lanes” list, meaning quarantine was not necessary.
Additionally, Israel and Jerusalem have been placed on the Foreign Ministry’s ban list and removed from the travel corridor list, in response to a sustained and accelerated increase in Covid-19 cases, similar to the trajectory to the United Kingdom.
Travel abroad for all but essential reasons is currently prohibited in all four of the UK countries.

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