Friday, May 14, 2021

South Africa Is Reopening Its Borders

South Africa is preparing to reopen its borders Oct. 1, its president has announced.

Foreign travelers will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test.Taken within 72 hours of their departure. They will undergo temperature checks after they land at airports in Cape Town, Durban, or Johannesburg.

Any traveler attempting to enter South Africa without a negative COVID test or while exhibiting coronavirus symptoms will have to quarantine for two weeks at their own expense.

A pandemic-era trip to South Africa will be different in other ways as well. Beaches, game reserves, hotels, and restaurants will be open. But a midnight curfew will be in effect and alcohol won’t be sold on weekends. Alcohol for personal consumption will be available for sale between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.

Related: Thailand Considers Reopening to International Tourism in October

Face masks are a requirement in all public spaces. It is a necessity for all visitors to download and use a contact-tracing app.

South Africa closed its borders to foreigners in March. It has since reported more than 650,000 coronavirus cases and more than 15,000 deaths.

It’s planning to begin reopening by allowing travel to and from a list of countries perceived to have coronavirus transmission under control within their borders. It’s not clear yet whether the U.S. or U.K. will be on the list.

South Africa’s reopening plan paves the way for its citizens to begin traveling abroad again as well. But with many countries still restricting travel from South Africa, they’re likely to find themselves with limited options

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