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South Africa opens its borders to all travellers

On November 16, 2020 / by Sherone Lewis / Leave a comment

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South Africa will open up to travellers from all countries in an effort to boost the tourism and hospitality sectors. In a recent address, President Cyril Ramaphosa said that the easing of these restrictions is to enable all parts of the economy to return to full operation as quickly and as safely as possible.

While South Africa will open to visitors from around the world, the same precautions that were previously in place will continue to be in place. Most significantly, travellers will need to produce a negative coronavirus test result taken no more than 72 hours before travel.

Travellers will also be screened for any COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival, and those displaying any symptoms and those who have been in contact with an infected person may be expected to take a mandatory test (at their own cost). If the test is positive, a traveller may be subjected to a 10-day quarantine at a designated site (also at their own cost).

South Africa is certainly doing much better with coronavirus than it was several months back and hasn’t seen a second wave. The country has a population of around 58 million, and has seen around 742K cases, and around 20,000 deaths. At this point the country is down to about 2,000 new cases per day, from a high of around 14,000 cases per day.

South Africa will shortly be reopening its borders to all, with the only requirement being a coronavirus test taken no more than 72 hours before departure to South Africa. The country’s economy relies heavily on tourism, so it’s not surprising to see the country open its borders sooner rather than later.

On the plus side, South Africa has plenty of outdoor and socially distanced activities for tourists, so it’s not a bad place to consider for those looking to travel. Just keep in mind the general risks and complications of international travel nowadays.

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