South Africa to reopen to international travel

South Africa has announced the reopening of its borders to all international travellers.

Visitors must present a negative ‘rapid’ Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours on arrival.

The reopening came into effect on Thursday.

President Cyril Ramaphosa, who announced five days of mourning for victims of Covid-19, said:

“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.”

According to reports, 22 countries remain on a “red list”, meaning arrivals from those destinations are not allowed to enter.

Kgomotso Ramothea, acting hub head at South African Tourism for the UK and Ireland, said: 

“We are delighted with the latest announcement that South Africa has re-opened its borders to all countries including the UK & Ireland, two of its key source markets.

“This is a huge step in the right direction towards South Africa’s tourism recovery. While South Africa remains on the UK’s quarantine list, it is promising to know that when the UK’s restrictions are lifted, the destination will be ready to welcome tourists back.

“As South Africa approaches its summer season, it’s the perfect destination for some winter sun, particularly for Brits looking to book a trip with their families for the festive season. There’s lots in store for travellers in 2021 too including the British and Irish Lions Tour in July and August and a raft of new hotel openings such as the eagerly anticipated Kruger Shalati (“the train on the bridge”) which opens next month.  We look forward to welcoming visitors to explore our country to experience our vibrant culture, incredible food and wine and awesome safari.”

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