International tourism in South Africa to remain closed till 2021

Published on : Thursday, June 4, 2020

Those who are interested to travel to South Africa will have to show patience, as the government of South African isn’t planning to re-open tourism until 2021.


Like other countries of the world, South Africa also went into lockdown in March, and is now easing its restrictions for residents. As of June 1st, curfew and restrictions on outdoor exercise have been raised as part of Level 3 lockdown. Schools have reopened and alcohol can also be sold for home consumption. 


One thing that the country isn’t willing to reopen anytime soon is international tourism. 


After a briefing from the Department of Tourism of South Africa on May 27, it was reported that domestic tourism will not resume in full until December 2020, and international tourism will not restart in South Africa until February 2021.


The tourism sector in South Africa is immensely huge, and makes up almost 9% of the GDP of the country, so most probably they’re quite worried to get it restarted. However, it’s clear that the country is taking an extremely careful approach towards it.


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