South Africa will not be re-opening until December 2020 for domestic tourism and won’t allow any international travelers until February 2021. They’re playing it really safe.
The National Coronavirus Command Council for South Africa moved the country into Level 3 of the Risk-Adjusted Strategy on June 1, which means domestic and international travel is still prohibited. The only way you can tour any of the countries is through business travel.
Hotels are allowed to reopen if they are only providing lodgings for business travelers. All tourist attractions will remain closed at this time.
The Republic of South Africa is in a National State of Disaster, all tourism and business travel is being closely monitored in an attempt to curtail the devastating effects of COVID-19.
“Based on the COVID-19 epidemic expected trajectory, the first phase of the recovery for the sector will be driven by domestic tourism, followed by regional tourism and international tourism next year,” Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane announced last week, as reported by the Evening Standard.
The Tourism Minister also mentioned how the government is working with the impacted businesses trying to keep them operational: “The past two months of lockdown have been difficult for the tourism sector. We continued to see many businesses in the sector fighting for survival and our projections showed that almost 600,000 jobs were at risk if the sector doesn’t come into operation by September 2020. This reality led to both the government and private sector working together... to get the sector back into operation. As we open up the sector, we are therefore confident that measures have been put in place to protect our employees, suppliers, tourists and all those who are involved with the sector.”
Many countries are in the process of phased re-openings as the initial waves of the world pandemic are beginning to subside in some countries but in others, like the United States, it is still going strong.
One day, we will resume travel, maybe not as we did in the past, but it will come back strong.