South Africa Now Welcomes All Visitors With A Negative Covid-19 PCR Test

On Wednesday, South Africa decided to welcome all international visitors with a negative Covid-19 PCR test that must have been administered not more than 72 hours of departure.

The country has had various rules for incoming passengers ever since deciding to allow limited tourism from countries less affected by the Covid-19.

The announcement made on Twitter:

Here’s an excerpt from Businesstech:

Government has relaxed South Africa’s level 1 lockdown rules around international travel, allowing visitors from any country provided they follow health and safety guidelines.

In an address on Wednesday evening (11 November), President Cyril Ramaphosa said that the easing of these restrictions is to enable all parts of the economy to return to full operation as quickly and as safely as possible.

“(We are) opening up international travel to all countries subject to the necessary health protocols and the presentation of a negative Covid-19 certificate. By using rapid tests and strict monitoring we intend to limit the spread of the infection through importation,” he said.

And published on an official gazette:

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South Africa’s tourism trade hopes that this will save its important summer season, but that is unlikely the case.

Both Europe and North America, important tourism markets, are battling with rising Covid-19 infections, and Asia, mostly saved from the Covid-19, would require their citizens long quarantines after returning from South Africa.

It is good, however, to have options where to travel during the Northern winter