COVID: Wales brings in travel rules to contain new variant

November 29, 2021 - 353 views

Welsh Government have quickly responded to concerns over the Omnicron South African variant which could possibly be more resistant to the Covid vaccines which have been administered so far.

Whilst scientists are examing the facts behind this new variant, ministers have been quick to respond to any threat which may be posed.

Speaking last night, Eluned Morgan Minister for Health and Social Services said: 

"We are taking further immediate action to move four more south African countries onto the red list for travel following the identification of the new coronavirus variant, which may be capable of evading the protection provided by vaccines.

"The Omnicron variant (also called B.1.1.529) has been linked to Angola, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia. These countries have moved onto the red list from 4.00am, Sunday 28 November 2021.   

"This means travellers from these destinations will not be permitted to enter Wales but must enter through a port of entry in England or Scotland and go into a managed quarantine facility for 10 days. They must also take post-arrival PCR tests on day 2 and day 8.

"Similar action is being taken across the UK."