South Africa to welcome overseas travellers from October 1,


South Africa to welcome overseas travellers from October 1

South Africa has decided to open its borders for international tourists from October 1. South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa made the announcement on Wednesday and said that it is an attempt to revive the country’s economy, which has suffered a severe setback from the COVID-19 triggered six-month lockdown.

The President stated that, “We will gradually and cautiously ease restrictions on international travel… allowing travel into and out of South Africa for business, leisure and other travel with effect from the 1st of October 2020.”

Explaining the situation, he further said that two months ago, the country was recording around more than 12000 fresh cases on a daily basis but at present, the country is on average recording less than 2000 cases a day. Also, there is a recovery rate of 89 per cent.
“Our economy and our society have suffered great devastation. We have endured a fierce and destructive storm. But, by standing together, by remaining resolute, we have withstood it. We are ready to open our doors again to the world and invite travellers to enjoy our mountains, our beaches, our vibrant cities, and our wildlife game parks in safety and confidence,” he said.

Though the Coronavirus restrictions are easing in South Africa, the President has requested people to wear masks everywhere, and to maintain social distance to make sure the cases do not increase.
The borders of South Africa were closed for outsiders on March 27; since then, it has been one of the hardest hit countries, recording the eighth highest amount of total cases in the world. The country managed to flatten the curve only after imposing strict lockdowns. And today, since May, the nation has had the lowest number of new cases.As of now, travel to and from select countries may be restricted given high infection rates in the particular region and a list of such countries will soon be shared. Given that the nation experiences more than 17 million tourists footfall every year, reopening borders for international tourism has been a priority for the African government.

Entry Requirements

South Africa to welcome overseas travellers from October 1

PCR Testing: Visitors need to carry a PCR negative result taken no longer than 72 hours prior to departure.

Quarantine: If you have a PCR negative result, you can skip quarantine. Those without a negative PCR result, will have to undergo 14 day mandatory quarantine.

Health Screening: Upon arrival, all passengers, regardless of negative PCR test, will have to undergo a health screening/temperature screenings. Any symptomatic person will be subject to further testing and/or quarantine.

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