South Africa has officially re-opened its borders to tourists, but Brits have been left off the list as the UK’s coronavirus threat is deemed too ‘high risk’.
The African country initially closed its borders during the pandemic, but is now welcoming back both leisure and business travellers.
However, it’s not just Brits which aren’t yet being allowed back for holidays. The country has deemed around 47 countries to be too ‘high risk’ with a coronavirus threat, including the UK.
According to the South African tourism board, “high risk countries are those with higher numbers of COVID-19 infections and reported deaths compared to South Africa”.
This list is being reviewed every two weeks.
At the time of writing, the FCDO still advises against all non-essential travel to South Africa – you can check the latest advice for any updates including entry requirements.
As part of re-opening its borders, South Africa’s authorities have said that those from ‘high risk’ countries can write to the Minister of Home Affairs if they want to undertake business travel into the country.
Any travellers that head into South Africa will need to supply a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours before the date of their departure, and will also need to be screened for symptoms.
Mr Sisa Ntshona, SA Tourism Chief Executive Officer, said: “While many of our key source markets feature in the high-risk category, meaning that they are not able to travel to South Africa for leisure purposes yet, the environment is fluid and changes constantly.
“We remain optimistic and encouraged by the gradual phased opening of our sector and we will monitor the changes regularly, as the country lists are reviewed every two weeks.