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COVID-19; Brits in South Africa racing to avoid £2,285 hotel quarantine

Britons are urgently trying to get back to England from southern Africa to avoid the £2,235 hotel quarantine which kicks in at 4am tomorrow.

After the emergence of the Omicron variant, a number of countries in southern Africa were placed back on England's travel red list.

It means that an adult arriving in England needs to spend at least £2,285 for a hotel room for 10 days to quarantine.

Matters have been further complicated after direct flights from South Africa to the UK were stopped by the British government.

However, there is a brief window for those arriving before 4am on Sunday to quarantine at home if they can find a route.

England is not the only country with a travel ban in place on South Africa. The US, Canada, Brazil, Australia, the EU, the UAE, Singapore, and Hong Kong have all introduced restrictions.