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England removes Zim from Covid-19 red list

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ZIMBABWE and 53 other countries will be removed from the England Covid-19 red list with effect from 4am on Monday, meaning travellers coming from Harare will not be subjected to strict regulations on arrival in London.

Travellers from Zimbabwe will not be required to quarantine, a welcome development for businesspeople, tourists and many locals residing in England.

Due to economic hardships and a volatile political situation since 2000, millions of Zimbabweans migrated to South Africa, while thousands went to countries such as England, Australia, New Zealand, United States and Canada to seek greener pasture.

Before travelling to England from a red list country, as is the case with Zimbabwe right now, one must take a Covid-19 test three days before travelling, book a quarantine hotel package, including two Covid-19 tests and complete a passenger locator form.

“You must do this even if you are fully vaccinated,” the guidelines state.

Children aged 11 to 17 travelling to England are also required to take a Covid-19 test in the three days before travel to England.

On arrival in England children aged five to 17 must quarantine in a managed hotel for 10 full days and take two Covid-19 tests.

Children aged four or under do not have to take any travel tests, but must enter managed quarantine.

Other African countries to be removed from the red list include Mozambique, Botswana, Eswathini, Zambia, South Africa, Tanzania, Namibia, Malawi, Lesotho, Angola, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Burundi. — STAFF WRITER.

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