The South African Tourism Services Association (SATSA) has criticized the UK government for not removing South Africa from its “red list” for travel, saying it has not provided any evidence to support its policies.
She said the UK government had announced that South Africa would remain on the red list because it “remains a significant public health risk to the UK of known variables of concern”. It cited reports from the Joint Biosecurity Council that it claimed was evidence of the data he was using. However, the reports only show data on countries that switched from one traffic light color to another, with no data for South Africa, she said.
And this is despite the fact that the infection rate in South Africa is much lower than in the UK and many European countries on the amber list. She said all the evidence suggests that South Africa needs to be moved to the amber list.
She said that according to the evidence, the countries that have reopened flights to South Africa are Germany, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the United States and China.
David Frost, Managing Director of Satsa, South Africa’s incoming tourism agency, said, “If it doesn’t match recent scientific assessments of South Africa’s safety, you should explain why… Britain owes these people a better explanation of why it continues to impose travel restrictions, Which is becoming more and more recognizable from day to day.
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