In a series of tweets yesterday afternoon, Justin Welby called for a ban on countries like South Korea Africa and Namibia are “morally wrong” and “self-defeating”, calling for “vaccination justice” rather than border closures.
“With #Omicron set to become the dominant variant in the UK, I call on the UK government to remove Nigeria and South Africa from the red list – along with all other countries currently on it, ” wrote the archbishop.
“We must find a fair and effective approach for those vaccinated and tested to enter the UK. I agree with the Nigerian High Commissioner for the UK – we cannot have ‘racist tourism’,” he continued.
On Tuesday, Nigerian High Commissioner Sarafa Tunji Isola told BBC Today program where the travel ban is unfair and unnecessary, says: “What is expected is a global, non-selective approach.
“The travel ban racism in the sense that we are not dealing with an endemic epidemic. We are dealing with a pandemic. Whenever we have a challenge, there has to be cooperation.”
Shortly after the initial cases of the omicron variant were reported in South Africa, the UK added 10 South African countries to its red list, meaning mandatory quarantines are extremely expensive for the population. all the people from those countries.
On Saturday, the UK added Nigeria to its red list, with a statement from ministers saying a “variant number of UK cases” were linked to travel to the country.
Elsewhere, the United States has banned visitors from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi, including any travelers who have been to those countries in the last 14 days.
The EU also banned visitors from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has also criticized the bans, calling them “scientifically irrational” and calling for their lifting “urgent”.
In his first address to the country after the discovery of the omicron variant, Mr Ramaphosa said: “We call on all those countries that have imposed a travel ban on their country me and our sister countries in South Africa.
https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/archbishop-canterbury-travel-bans-south-africa-b1971867.html ‘We can’t have travel racism’: Archbishop considers travel ban ‘morally wrong’