South African tourist activities and skies open
Along with global trends, South Africa’s domestic tourism and business travel are expected to lead the recovery, followed by regional and international (long-haul) travel.
South Africa has been hailed around the world by key COVID-19 experts for effectively managing the pandemic, slowing infections and implementing various lockdown measures through a risk-adjusted strategy to ease restrictions and to open up the economy and other activities on 5 alert levels. .
“It’s interesting to me how South Africa is controlling the disease. The strategy in South Africa was based on preparedness, primary prevention, containment and enhanced surveillance,” noted Dr Michael Ryan, Executive Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) at a press conference in April.
When the risk-adjusted strategy was initially introduced in April, the tourism sector was placed on alert level 1 with some operations allowed at alert level 2. However, in recent weeks, there has been a lot of work Advisory and emphasis has been placed on both reducing the risks of the sector and putting in place health and operational protocols for the safety of all tourists and employees. These were compared to measures deployed globally.
Following industry-wide commitments, the South African government, led by President Ramaphosa and the private sector, has pledged to work for a gradual reopening of the sector, starting at level 3.
In his recent address to the nation, President Ramaphosa announced that the alert level for the whole country would be lowered from level 4 to level 3, with effect from June 1, 2020. As a result, domestic tourism has declined. open to business travel and other limited activities, with partial domestic air travel for business purposes permitted. Movements through levels (including duration and time frames) depend on the trajectory of the pandemic.
Along with global trends, South Africa’s domestic tourism and business travel are expected to lead the recovery, followed by regional and international (long-haul) travel. We have noticed that some global destinations are now considering entering the regional phase of reopening via AirBridge / Travel Bubbles between regional countries.
As more data becomes available and more safety and health measures are put in place in South Africa, the impact of COVID-19 on the country is updated and refined. It is therefore extremely important to understand that changes occur regularly. As such, the phases of reopening the tourism sector are reviewed and revised regularly and updates can be found at www.southafrica.net
South Africa Tourism said in a statement, “We thank all of our business partners for their continued support. Every day we take one step closer to lifting travel restrictions and opening up borders. We look forward to welcoming again tourists from all over the world and to share our beautiful country which offers picturesque landscapes and a wide variety of enriching experiences with great service excellence. ”