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South Africa reopens its borders in Oct.

SA president Cyril Ramaphosa

Sept. 18, 2020 2 min read

SOUTH Africa is preparing to open its borders on October 1, the country’s president Cyril Ramaphosa has announced.

Addressing South Africans on national television on Wednesday night, Mr Ramaphosa said foreign travellers will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of their departure and undergo temperature checks after they land at airports in Cape-Town, Durban or Johannesburg.

Any traveller 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. While beaches, game reserves, hotels, and restaurants will be open, a midnight curfew will be in effect and alcohol won’t be sold on weekends. On weekdays, alcohol for personal consumption will only be sold between 9am and 5pm.

Face masks will be required in all public spaces, and all visitors will be required to download and use a contact-tracing app.

Those willing to play by the rules may be treated to animal sightings that are usually quite rare.

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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. Travelandleisure


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