South African government has decided to open the country to all international leisure and business travellers from all over the globe.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announced on November 5 that South Africa would be moving to augmented alert level 1, thus opening up international borders for all countries from 11th November 2020 onwards.
SA Tourism Chief Executive Officer Sisa Ntshona sounded exited about the government’s decision
“We are excited by the full opening of our international borders because this is a strong testament of the fact that we are open for both business and leisure travel. This opening brings certainty for South Africa, as a travel destination putting us back on the map and on the radar for many travellers who want to come explore our beautiful country,.”
As a precautionary measure against the spread of the disease, all travellers coming into the country will need to supply a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test not older than 72 hours from the date of departure from their respective country.
Ntshona added “We know that now more than ever, traveller behaviour is influenced by trust and confidence so our country has put in place globally-benchmarked health and safety protocols. We thank all partners here in South Africa and across the world for their ongoing support and patience. As we gradually welcome tourists and business travellers from all over the world, we look forward to engaging with our partners once again as we work together to package South Africa for various tourists’ needs.”
He did however acknowledgethat tourist numbers would not be back to normal immediately
“While we know that there won’t an immediate influx of tourists as other countries are now experiencing second waves of the pandemic and have imposed travel restrictions for their citizens, we look forward to welcoming those tourists that are able to come. They can finally get to enjoy the wide open spaces, scenic landscape, unique and authentic cultural experiences that South Africa has to offer.”
South Africa recently won big at this year’s World Travel Market(WTM) including Sun City voted as Africa’s leading casino resort, Plettenberg Bay as Africa’s leading beach destination and Durban voted as Africa’s leading city destination.
Earlier this year South Africa took top spot when booking company Tourlane asked its community where their perfect post-coronavirus trip destination would be. The survey saw South Africa as the go-to safari destination, packed with outdoor adventures, applauded for pristine and well-kept beaches.