International Travel To South Africa – Covid 19 Update June 2020

30 Jun 2020


On 27 March 2020 South Africa went into a nationwide lock down followed by the introduction of a five-level, risk-based approach to easing lockdown restrictions. On 1 June 2020, the country moved into level 3.

Currently, like 75% of all destinations worldwide (163 destinations) South Africa’s borders remain closed for international tourism.

On 3 June 2020 South Africa’s Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane announced that international tourism might only resume from 2021. This was followed by the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) urging the government for an earlier reopening of borders for inbound tourism, from as early as September 2020.

According to a recent announcement by Virgin Airlines holidaymakers could possibly look forward to sun, sea, and safari from September 2020. The airline wants to show its commitment to return to South Africa and is planning to resume flights from the UK to South Africa on the 15th of September 2020. While this date is dependent on the relevant government approval, the airline stated that the signs for a September reopening of borders are ‘very promising’.

As more data becomes available and more safety & health measures being put in place in South Africa, the impact of COVID-19 on the country is being updated and refined. As such, the tourism sector’s phases of reopening are being regularly reviewed and revised.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced in April 2020 that South Africa's efforts to stem the spread of the virus has been among some of the best in the world.

Latest South African Covid 19 statistics:

Confirmed cases 144,264
Deaths 2,529
Recoveries 70,614

Keep an eye out for our monthly blog posts for more updates on travelling to South Africa.


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