‘Devastated’: Black Brits Set To Miss Longed-For Trips ‘Back Home’ This Christmas

Christmas is just a few weeks away and for many Black Brits, it’s a time to visit family members abroad.

For months on end, consecutive lockdowns and a summer of disrupted travel made it difficult for the Black diaspora in the UK to travel to African countries.

But when the UK traffic light system was scrapped on October 4, hopes of a sunny Christmas “back home” were restored. And then came Omicron.

Omicron first became a variant of global concern at the end of November when health experts confirmed that Covid had mutated again, with the first cases detected in Botswana. Subsequent cases were soon found in the UK, since when public health measures have been re-introduced and several African countries have been added to the travel red list.

South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibia were put on the red list on Friday November 26, while Nigeria was added on December 6. This is despite protestations from the Nigerian high commissioner to London, Sarafa Tunji Isola, that blanket measures imposed against African nations amount to “travel apartheid”.

Anyone returning from these countries will now have to quarantine in a hotel, making the trip very hard for those who can’t afford the extra cost or time.

But what is a disappointment for anyone who was planning a holiday over the Christmas break is an even bigger blow for those hoping to visit family.

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