MOGADISHU, 16 March 2021 – Somalia and Ethiopia are the latest African countries to be added to a list of countries facing a COVID-related travel ban.
London said the goal of the ban is to “reduce the risk of new variants” of the new coronavirus entering the United Kingdom (UK).
The ban is for all travel to the UK originating from Somalia and Ethiopia; whatever the nationality of the traveler.
“Only British and Irish citizens, or those with residence rights will be allowed to enter and must stay in a government-approved facility for ten days,” a statement from the UK Department for Transport said.
The ban went into force last Friday beginning at 4 A.M. GMT, according to the statement.
Somalia and Ethiopia joined the list as the UK removed Mauritius from it, satisfied that officials in Port Louis have a handle on the pandemic.
Here’s the full list of African countries from which travel to the UK cannot originate: Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cape Verde, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles and South Africa.