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UK Issues New Travel Measures for Visitors from these African Nations

Travelers will need to quarantine for 10 days in government-approved hotels and will have to pay for themselves during their stay. Travelers will foot a bill not less than $100 per night. The UK had previously banned the entry of passengers from 11 African countries including South Africa in a measure to prevent the spread of the new Covid-19 variant. The UK had issued a time frame of February 15 to begin restriction on travelers from areas they perceive as red zone. From Monday, arrivals in England from 33 countries will have to pay some $2,000 to self-isolate for 10 days in a pre-booked hotel room. Breaking the rules could see people charged fines of up to $11,500 – or even face 10 years in prison, according to the UK government. As with all other travelers, in addition to having a negative test performed 72 hours prior to arrival, these arrivals must also be tested on the second and eighth days of the quarantine. Travelers have to pre-book on a government website, which has already been reported to have crashed a number of times. The 17 Africa countries included in the red zone include: Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cape Verde, DRC, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.