More blow for African tourism as UK adds Egypt, Sudan to red list countries for travel
London, June 3, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Seven countries including two African countries, Egypt and Sudan are set to be added to the UK’s foreign travel red list when the list is updated on Thursday
Red list countries are “those which should not be visited except in the most extreme of circumstances”, and travellers arriving into the UK from these places face the harshest restrictions.
The other five countries new on the red list are Afghanistan, Bahrain, Costa Rica Trinidad and Tobago and Sri Lanka
Portugal is expected to be moved from the green to the amber list from next week
The additional of Egypt to the red list will be particularly devastating for the North African country that relies heavily on tourism for its post covid economic recovery.
Aside tourism, Egypt has the second highest number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in Africa as of May 30, 2021 after Morocco.
Egypt has administered 1, 128, 164 doses of covid vaccines second only to Morocco with 13, 763, 252 doses
Egypt is also expected to take delivery of about 3.4 million doses of three different covid vaccines-Sinovac, Sinopharm, AstraZeneca shipments in June according to the health minister
Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said on Wednesday that Egypt is planning to vaccinate 40 percent of its population against coronavirus by the end of 2021.
In a press conference held following a cabinet meeting on Wednesday in Cairo, Madbouly said that 2.5 million Egyptians have been vaccinated against the virus.
He added that work is currently underway to make sure that 6 million Egyptian citizens receive vaccinations.
The prime minister added that July will see the first production of coronavirus vaccines in Egypt.
Egypt has signed an agreement to produce China’s Sinovac vaccine through its state-owned vaccine maker Vacsera.
Private sector company Minapharma has also signed an agreement to produce Russia’s Sputnik vaccine in Egypt.