South Africa to be removed from Red Travel List

Red Travel List
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Breytenbachs are delighted to confirm that the UK Government will take South Africa off the red travel list on Monday, 11 October 2021. This will mean the end of hotel quarantine measures for South African travellers to the UK.

The British High Commission in South Africa confirmed that eligible fully vaccinated travellers from South Africa can travel to the UK without having to isolate from 04h00 on Monday, 11 October 2021. They also do not need to do a PCR test, only a Day 2 test.

Travellers from South Africa who are not fully vaccinated can still travel to the UK. They do not need to hotel quarantine but have to do a pre-travel PCR test and then self-isolate for ten days. They also have to do a Day 2 and Day 8 Covid-19 test.

You can read more guidance on entering the UK at this link – Travel to England from another country during coronavirus (COVID-19) – GOV.UK (

Breytenbachs are delighted by the news,  as this will positively impact business and tourist relationships between the UK and South Africa. Not to mention the many families that have not been able to visit each other due to the quarantine rules in place.

Breytenbachs will inform our South African clients as soon as we have confirmation that we can start submitting UK visitor visa applications.