President Cyril Ramaphosa, fully opens international travel to South Africa

Speaking to the nation on Wednesday night, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the resumption of international travel subject to stringent health protocols.

Travellers are required to present a negative Covid-19 test not older than 72 hours from the time of departure.

“We are also opening up international travel to all countries subject to the necessary health protocols and the presentation of a negative Covid-19 certificate.

“By using rapid tests and strict monitoring, we intend to limit the spread of the infection through importation. We expect that these measures will assist businesses in the tourism and hospitality sectors.

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“As restrictions on international travel are lifted, it is more important than ever for travellers to follow all safety protocols to protect their health and minimise the risk of acquiring Covid-19,” he said.

Modipadi Phoku, a travel agent in Johannesburg, said the news was a victory for the tourism industry.

“Now that all markets will be open, we are glad to host international visitors once more. I am thrilled to plan memorable, Covid-friendly holidays for them. The opening is not only a win for the industry but also allows us to reignite our passion for making travel dreams a reality. We can’t wait to start hosting again,” she said.

CEO of Cape Town Tourism Enver Duminy said the announcement comes as a huge relief for those who work in the tourism industry and the businesses that greatly relies on the tourism as an economic lifeline, especially ahead of our traditionally high season.

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