Editorials
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21 Sep 2021
6:30 am

Britannia’s rules should be waived

Editorials

Nobody wants to have a great holiday only to be 'jailed' for two weeks on their return.

A general view of Cape Town International Airport on September 25, 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa. Picture: Gallo Images/Ashley Vlotman

It would be easy to blame colonial arrogance, or even racism, for the fact that South Africa is still on the “red list” of countries which the UK considers Covid hotspots. Yet, the reason may be more about cynical politics or even incompetence, both of which are not unheard of in the former empire. As it stands, the UK will only allow entry to travellers who have been in a red list country in the previous 10 days if they are residents returning to the UK or if they are holders of British or Irish passports. Even then, the travellers...