South Africa Announces Further Easing of COVID-19 Restrictions

The South African tourism industry received a welcome boost with the announcement of further relaxation of COVID-19 regulations. Making the announcement in an address to the nation on March 22, President Cyril Ramaphosa said South Africa has decided to ease some restrictions as part of Adjusted Alert Level One, following consultations with the National Command Council, the center of decision making in government's response to curb the spread of COVID-19 and to deal with the consequences of the pandemic

As a result of the changes to Adjusted Alert Level One, international travelers entering South Africa through the various ports of entry will require proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours. Furthermore, all travelers entering South Africa will be offered vaccination on arrival, where requested or required.

The capacity of gatherings will be increased to 50 percent for all venues, for both indoor and outdoor gatherings. This is significant for the tourism industry, as it will impact positively on the business events sector.

The wearing of masks will no longer be required when one is outdoors in a public area. However, wearing of masks is required when one is indoors such as at a mall, gallery, restaurant and in public transport etc. 

“We welcome the further easing of COVID-19 restrictions, as this presents great news for the tourism sector’s outlook towards recovery,” South African Tourism Acting CEO Themba Khumalo said in a press note.

Khumalo further stated that Meetings Incentives Conferences and Exhibitions industry (MICE) is a major contributor to the economy and the easing of restrictions on gatherings would allow the sector to host events with more delegates.

South African borders remain open for all travelers.

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