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South Africa is now open to all international leisure and business travellers

Shreoshree Chakrabarty November 18, 2020
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Post the government’s latest announcement, South African Tourism (SA Tourism) is ready to welcome all international leisure and business travellers from all over the globe.

South Africa would be moving to augmented alert level 1 as announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday which means international borders will be opened for all countries from 11th November 2020.

“We are excited by the full opening of our international borders because this is a strong testament to 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 to explore our beautiful country,” says SA Tourism Chief Executive Officer, Mr Sisa Ntshona.

A negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID test needs to be supplied by all the travellers which should not be older than 72 hours from the date of departure from their country. Every requirement for entering the country can be found here.

“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,” adds Ntshona.

“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,” concludes Mr Ntshona.

According to the World Travel Market, Plettenberg Bay as Africa’s leading beach destination, Sun City has been voted as Africa’s leading casino resort and Durban voted as Africa’s leading city destination.

When Tourlane, a booking company, questioned its community about the perfect post-coronavirus trip destination they would like to travel to, South Africa took the top spot. The survey disclosed South Africa as the go-to safari destination, packed with outdoor adventures, applauded for pristine and well-kept beaches.

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