SA Martin Heigan flickr

South Africa to allow domestic tourism, followed by international flights

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced a lowering of the alert level from Level 4 to Level 3 in South Africa, allowing partial domestic air travel, followed by regional and international travel

However, the relaxation of restrictions on movement will depend on the trajectory of the pandemic.

South Africa has slowed down the rate of infection by implementing various lockdown measures, including a risk-adjusted strategy which aims at easing restrictions and opening up economic and other activities, with a five-level alertness yardstick.

When the risk-adjusted strategy was introduced in April, the tourism sector was placed at alert Level 1, with some operations permissible at alert level 2. However, over the last few weeks, much consultation and focus has been placed on de-risking the sector and putting health and operational protocols in place for the safety of tourists and employees.

After engaging in an industry-wide discussion, President Ramaphosa and the private sector leaders have agreed to work towards a phased reopening of tourism sector, starting at Level 3.

“It is interesting to note the manner in which South Africa is bringing COVID-19 under control. The strategy in South Africa was based on preparation, primary prevention, lockdown and enhanced surveillance,” said Dr Michael Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization (WHO), during a press conference in April.

With the availability of more data, safety and health measures are being upgraded in South Africa, with changes taking place on a regular basis. All updates about the reopening of tourism sector are being reviewed and revised regularly.

South Africa's private-sector tourism body, under the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA), is keen on opening international borders of South Africa by September 2020, and has been engaging with the tourism recovery strategy which is currently being developed by South African Tourism. The TBCSA will be presenting the appeal at the next Parliamentary Portfolio Committee meeting on June 9.

“South Africa is following a risk-adjusted Strategy based on levels of lockdown, not dates. These levels are defined according to relevant epidemiological facts – parts of the travel and tourism sector have been earmarked for return in Levels 2 and 1, depending on their risk profile and the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa. However, we have already seen the inclusion of business travel in Level 3 as a result of successful lobbying for earlier reopening of this critical sector and we are confident that we are in a position to reopen inbound market in a safe and health-focussed manner at least by September,” said Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa, CEO TBCSA.

For more information visit www.southafrica.net


More News...

Chancellor's mini-budget …

Chancellor's mini-budget welcomed but travel industry calls for more help

Overall, the UK travel industry has welcomed aspects of Chancellor Rishi Sunak's mini-budget speech but calls remain for the government to do more to support the travel industry

AVIAREPS UK to host two-d…

AVIAREPS UK to host two-day webinar on Hungary from July 15-16

AVIAREPS UK is organising two free webinar sessions on July 15 and July 16, at 10:30 am (BST) for people in the travel and trade industry, who want to improve...

Poland has reopened borde…

Poland has reopened borders to UK tourists

Direct flights between Poland and the UK resumed on July 1 and UK citizens are allowed to travel into, out of and throughout Poland without being asked to undergo a...

Dubai welcomes back Briti…

Dubai welcomes back British visitors

Dubai has officially opened its borders to international travellers following lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic. 

Croatia’s tourist numbers…

Croatia’s tourist numbers are on a rise

Croatia gains momentum as an increasing number of tourists take advantage of borders which have reopened throughout June.

Italian region of Emilia …

Italian region of Emilia Romagna is reopening

The Italian region of Emilia Romagna has started to safely re-open after the COVID-19 pandemic. Flight routes are resuming and agents can tell their clients about a range of forthcoming...

Dominican Republic opens …

Dominican Republic opens border for international tourism

The Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic (MITUR) opened its borders for international tourists on July 1. 

Holiday Extras research: …

Holiday Extras research: Airport parking prices down by 30%

Holiday Extras, a UK-based airport parking provider, has found that the price to park at the airport has fallen by 30% since last year; from an average of £8.26 per...

G Adventures announces 20…

G Adventures announces 2022 Arctic Expedition dates

After observing an increase in demand for Norwegian and an Arctic Expeditions, G Adventures has launched a 22-day Norwegian Fjords and Realm of the Polar Bear tour aboard G Expedition,...

The Majestic Line announc…

The Majestic Line announces new destinations in 2021-22 brochure

Scottish small ship cruise company The Majestic Line has launched cruises to the Orkney Islands in its new brochure for 2021-22, which comprises 18 itineraries

Funway to cease trading i…

Funway to cease trading in September

Funway Holidays has announced it will cease trading on September 30. As a result of this announcement, all bookings which are scheduled to depart on or after September 1 have...

Tahiti Islands waive canc…

Tahiti Islands waive cancellation charges until June 30, 2021

The Tahiti tourism board will waive cancellation fees and those charged for the change of dates until June 30, 2021. The same rates will be retained until March 2022

Prev Next

twn Are you sure that you want to switch to desktop version?