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The Government is under growing pressure to add travel corridors to more long-haul destinations, now people in England can travel once again.
Yesterday, the Government lifted its blanket ban advising against all non-essential travel. There is still advice to only travel when necessary, but this is not legally binding.
However, much of the world still remains off-limits to British travellers. Almost all of Europe’s top destinations are red-listed, and – notably considering its low case numbers – the vast majority of Africa.
Speaking in support of Telegraph Travel’s Unlock Long Haul campaign, Chris McIntyre, MD of tour operator Expert Africa, said: “It’s complete nonsense to advise people against going to, say, Zambia, because of Covid, when their chances of catching it in the UK are hundreds of times higher than their chances in Zambia.
“Many countries in Africa rely very heavily on tourism, so this advice is doing immense damage, particularly to some of the poorer, more rural communities around the national parks.”
As it stands, there are 33 African countries that British holidaymakers can enter right now. However, there are only two countries (Namibia and Rwanda) with travel corridors, meaning travellers do not need to go into quarantine on their return.
Grant Shapps is due to update the nation on the Government’s travel corridors list at 5pm.
Follow all today’s travel updates below.