Passengers arrive to people waving flags and musicians playing music after flying on an Emirates flight from Dubai, one of the first international commercial flights coming into South Africa, at the Cape Town International airport in Cape Town on October 1, 2020.
JOHANNESBURG - The Southern Africa Tourism Services Association has launched an online petition to have the UK remove South Africa from its travel red list.
On Friday, the country revised its list removing 8 countries including Egypt and Kenya.
It's believed South Africa was kept on due to concerns over the presence of the beta variant.
SATSA says the UK government should reconsider or risk damaging its relationships with South Africa
It says the decision is a slap in the face for the tourism sector.
Nearly 40,000 people have already signed the petition.