The United Kingdom on Thursday announced a ban on travellers entering England from southern African countries in a measure to prevent the spread of a new coronavirus variant identified in South Africa.
The UK said it was responding to “new evidence showing an urgent need to halt travel from all southern African countries to help prevent the spread of a new coronavirus (COVID-19) variant identified in South Africa”.
The entry ban, which will go into effect on Saturday and remain in place for two weeks, affects those who have travelled from or through any southern African country in the last 10 days, including Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Eswatini, Zambia, Malawi, Lesotho, Mozambique and Angola, as well as Seychelles and Mauritius.
The restriction does not apply to British and Irish Nationals, longer-term visa holders and permanent residents, who will be able to enter but are required to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival along with their household.
More details on the entry ban HERE