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COVID-19: South Africa to reopen International flights October 1

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The President of the Republic of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that his administration will cautiously ease restrictions on international travel, while allowing travel into and out of South Africa for business, leisure and other travel with effect from 1 October 2020.

The President made the announcement while addressing the nation on Wednesday, he said this is subject to various containment and mitigation measures, as travel may be restricted to and from certain countries that have high infection rates of COVID-19.

According to him, “A list of countries with high rates will be published based on the latest scientific data. Travellers will only be able to use one of the land border posts that have remained operational during the lockdown or one of the three main airports: King Shaka, OR Tambo and Cape Town International Airport”.

He added that where a traveller has not done a COVID-19 test prior to departure, they will be required to remain in mandatory quarantine at their own cost. “All travellers will be screened on arrival and those presenting with symptoms will be required to remain in quarantine until a repeat COVID-19 test is conducted.

“All travellers will be asked to install the COVID Alert South Africa mobile app. Countries that have used this type of app have been able to manage the Coronavirus pandemic quite effectively”, he said. President Ramaphosa noted that in preparation for the re-opening of its borders, South African missions abroad will open for visa applications, while all long-term visas will be reinstated. “The tourism sector is one of our greatest economic drivers.

“We are ready to open our doors again to the world, and invite travellers to enjoy our mountains, our beaches, our vibrant cities and our wildlife game parks in safety and confidence”, he said.

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