South Africa reopens border to international tourists

Published on : Wednesday, November 18, 2020

After observing months of international travel restrictions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, South Africa has finally decided to reopen its borders for international tourism. President Cyril Ramaphosa recently announced that the destination will open its international borders to all countries, effective immediately including travellers from the U.K. & Ireland.


However, safety regulations continue to remain in place and visitors are expected to present a paper copy of a negative COVID-19 certificate from a test taken in the 72 hours before departure. Kgomotso Ramothea, Acting Hub Head, South African Tourism for the UK & Ireland, said in a statement that authorities are delighted to open the country’s borders to all nations including the U.K. & Ireland, two of its key source markets.


She mentioned that it is a huge step in the right direction towards South Africa’s tourism recovery. She shared that even though South Africa continues to remain on the U.K.’s quarantine list, it is promising to know that when the U.K.’s restrictions are lifted, the destination will be ready to welcome tourists back. She stated that South Africa would be the perfect destination for some winter sun as the summer season approaches, especially for the Brits looking to book a trip with their families for the festive season.


She added that a lot is in store for travellers in 2021 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”) that is set to open next month. She concluded that South Africa is looking forward to welcome visitors to explore the country and experience our vibrant culture, incredible food, wine and awesome safari.


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