The United Kingdom updated its travel red list on November 26th, 2021, to add 6 southern African countries that had or were at higher risk of having cases of Omicron coronavirus variant due to their proximity to compromised areas.
Those countries were South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, and Namibia. Now, the UK government has added Angola, Malawi, Zambia, and Mozambique to the travel red list.
The list will be revised in 3 weeks. Until then, people coming from these countries will have to meet the following requirements in order to enter the UK, even if they’re fully vaccinated or if they’ve only been there on a transit stop in which they momentarily got off from the transport:
The UK government has recently been approving new hotel quarantine facilities to make travel quarantine easier for people coming from red list countries. Before this, British nationals arriving in the UK from problematic areas due to the Omicron variant had to isolate themselves at home.
The Omicron variant first appeared in South Africa, Botswana, and Hong Kong around November 22nd, 2021. At the time, there were no Omicron cases registered in the UK. The first cases of the variant were reported on November 27th. Since then, the UK government’s efforts to prevent the spread of Omicron have amplified.
So far, the variant is present in six continents of the world, with cases registered in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Israel, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, India, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Réunion Island (near Madagascar), Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, and Botswana.