UK Government places Southern African countries on Red-list of Countries

Red-list

The UK Government has placed several Southern African countries on their red-list of countries during the past week. The list includes South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Angola and Mozambique.

The implication of being placed on this red list of countries is that travellers from these countries now have to follow the hotel quarantine rules when they arrive in the UK.

Breytenbachs understand the disappointment and frustration of our Southern African clients. Breytenbachs trust and hope that the UK Government will lift these travel restrictions soonest. 

We can confirm that the UKVI have paused the issuing of UK Visitor Visas.

However, the good news is that all other visas are being processed – visas for Work, Study and the Settlement routes. Travellers from the red list countries will be able to apply for Work, Study and Settlement visas. They will also be able to travel to the UK but will have to adhere to the hotel quarantine rules.

If you have any further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to get in touch with your Breytenbachs consultant. We also recommend that clients speak to their relevant airline or travel agent for specific advice on their travel arrangements.

Submitted Visitor Visa Applications from Red-List Countries

Breytenbachs have been able to source information from the British High Commission in South Africa. We also obtained information from the UKVI on UK Visitor Visas.

If you are from a red-list country and your visitor visa application has been submitted before your country was placed on the red list of countries, the following rules will apply.

  • It is possible to get your passport back at the Visa Application Centre where you applied, should you wish to get it back.
  • Your Visitor Visa application will remain live on their system and be processed once the UK policy on Visitor Visa changes.

Already received your UK Visitor Visa and you are from a Red-List Country

  • If you have already received your UK Visitor Visa, you will not be able to travel to the UK as a visitor. As soon as the rules change, you will be able to travel again as visitor.  
  • Your visitor visa will remain valid for multiple journeys for six months. Or the duration you have applied for.
  • The High Commission advises that you can ask your travel insurer about reclaiming the cost of the visitor visa.
  • The UKVI is unable to refund or extend the Visitor Visas that have already been processed and issued.

How Breytenbachs can help you

If you have any further questions or concerns about the red-list, get in touch with your Breytenbachs consultant. We also recommend that clients speak to their relevant airline or travel agent for specific advice on their travel arrangements.