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South Africa set to open borders to international tourists in October

South Africa set to open borders to international tourists in October

South Africa will reopen its borders to international tourists in October for the first time since its closure back in March. Click here to read the full story.

The President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa officially announced the decision, saying that the country will ease restrictions on international travel, allowing travel into and out of South Africa for business, leisure and other travel starting October 1, 2020.

South Africa’s reopening will include both inbound and outbound tourism, and allow nationals to travel abroad and tourists to enter the country once again. South Africa was one of the countries hardest-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and closed borders to visitors on March 27. After observing months of stringent lockdown measures, the country has successfully flattened the curve and is now reporting its lowest number of new cases since May.

Reopening the borders for both inbound and outbound tourism has been a major priority for the country as it welcomes around 17 million tourists per year and relies largely on the industry. President Ramaphosa said that "South Africa is ready to open its doors to the world once again and invite travellers to enjoy the mountains, beaches, vibrant cities and wildlife game parks with safety and confidence."

Travel may be restricted to and from certain countries that are deemed high risk, with a list of such countries set to be announced in days to come. All international travellers will be required to present a COVID-19 free certificate no later than 72 hours within their date of arrival or quarantine on arrival. The country will open up three international airports being Tambo International Airport, Cape Town International Airport and King Shaka International Airport.

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