South Africa has removed its final Covid restrictions, marking “the return to life as we knew it before the pandemic,” according to Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. Testing requirements are no longer required for either vaccinated or unvaccinated travellers to enter.
The announcement by the South African Department of Health that Covid restrictions would be dropped entirely - for both domestic and international travel - came as a lifeline for tourism in the country. Of all the mainstream economic activities affected by the pandemic-related isolation, the tourism sector was by far the hardest hit.
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South Africa president, Cyril Ramaphosa, has announced changes to entry regulations for travellers to South Africa. Fully vaccinated travellers are no longer required to produce a negative PCR test.
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The latest relaxation means that hotel quarantine is no longer required for those returning to the UK from South Africa and a number of other destination as of today.
South Africa minister of tourism, Lindiwe Sisulu, has confirmed the country remains open to tourism despite the discovery of a new Covid-19 variant.
The government has reintroduced red list restrictions on arrivals from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibia with immediate effect.
British travellers can now visit South Africa without requiring hotel quarantine upon return following a loosening of travel restrictions. The country is also reopening to international visitors.