The travel industry is celebrating as it has been officially announced that South Africa has removed all remaining Covid entry requirements for all travellers to the destination.
Following this announcement that came out this week, travellers can now enter South Africa without any testing requirements, regardless of their vaccination status. Face masks and face coverings have also been removed as a requirement and are no longer necessary indoors or in public spaces with all limits on gathering removed as well.
This is fantastic news, bringing South Africa into the group of destinations that now have no Covid-related requirements left for international travellers (other restrictions and entry requirements can still be found by travellers on the Foreign Travel Advice page).
This is marked as “the return to life as we knew it before the pandemic” by the South African tourism minister, Lindiwe Sisulu.
“This will go a long way in boosting the tourism sector’s growth as travellers will be able to participate in more activities, including attending big events and gatherings that not only contribute to our country’s appeal but also to our economy.”
The acting hub head of UK and Ireland for South African Tourism, Kgomotso Ramothea, also noted what a great occasion this was. Ramothea said the number of travellers to South Africa from the UK and Ireland has been on the rise since removal from the red list, and this is surely going to have a great impact on that steady rise.
“The end of Covid-19 measures, coupled with increased capacity from Virgin Atlantic’s announcement of direct flights from London to Cape Town from the 5th of November, will give tourism the boost it needs to reach, or even exceed, the record numbers experienced in 2019.”
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