UK border control has come under fire after a freelance journalist from Islington claimed that she travelled from Johannesburg, South Africa, with ‘no checks’ as she walked through Heathrow Airport on 8th February 2021.
Sharon Feinstein, who had been visiting her mother in South Africa, says she made it through the airport’s security and border control in just ten minutes with no one asking for her Covid test results or other required forms.
Ms Feinstein stated that she had the right documents including a negative Covid test and a passenger locator form but there was no one to show it to.
South Africa is currently undergoing a second wave of coronavirus with most new cases being caused by a new variant. South African authorities have said that the new variant may be more contagious.
Currently, due to the new variant, there are a number of restrictions on passengers travelling to the UK from South Africa. Direct flights have been suspended and visitors arriving into the UK who have been in or transited through South Africa in the previous 10 days will not be permitted.
British and Irish citizens and third country nationals with residence rights in the UK are able to use indirect routes from South Africa. They are required to complete a passenger locator form and must self-isolate for ten days after their arrival.
The FCSO advises against all but essential travel to the whole of South Africa.
Ms Feinstein told the Daily Express: ‘‘I could have had Covid, they don’t know where I am staying, they didn’t ask
‘‘As a country we’re messing up. Why can a third-world country get it right and we can’t?’’
She also expressed her shock on Good Morning Britain, saying: ‘‘I was literally through there in 10 minutes. Nobody was there. I was looking around for someone to show my test to.’’