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For the first time since South Africa reopened its borders, the high-risk travel list has been altered. As it stands, just 22 countries are now unable to send leisure tourists to the Republic, shrinking the original tally down from 60.

Interest in visiting South Africa during lockdown

Although some major markets remain off-limits, the likes of Greece, Ireland, and the UAE have been removed from the high-risk category. The Department of Tourism gave more details about their updated rules on Monday, revealing that an average of 335 investors a day have applied to visit South Africa this month – with many queries coming from Europe:

“Nothing has changed as far as all travelers from Africa are concerned. They’re still welcome to visit the country. We recognise that there are a number of regular visitors from mainly European countries that have been accustomed to long periods of visitation to our country during our summer season when it is winter in the Northern Hemisphere.”

High-risk travel ban: Who has been removed from the list?

The following 43 countries have had their travel bans to South Africa lifted, and can now start sending tourists our way:


AlbaniaAustriaArmeniaBosnia and HerzegovinaCroatiaCzech RepublicDenmarkGeorgiaGreeceHungaryIrelandIcelandLuxembourgMaltaMontenegroNorth MacedoniaPortugalRomaniaSlovakiaSwitzerlandUkraine

Middle East and Asia:

BahrainIndonesiaIsraelJordanKuwaitLebanonMaldivesNepalOmanThe Philippines United Arab Emirates

The Americas:

BoliviaCosta RicaEcuadorGuatemalaGuyanaJamaicaHondurasPanamaPuerto RicoParaguayVenezuela

High-risk travel category: Which countries are still banned from sending tourists to South Africa?

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Travel and tour information summary from The South African Travel News.Author: Tom Head

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