Level 1: Guide to tourist arrival policies at popular international destinations

Yesterday, antsy, travel-thirsting South Africans clung to the edges of their seats to hear the new travel requisites, conditions, and the restricted destinations list.

No fewer than 57 countries were deemed high risk and thus, South Africans are currently unable to visit these for leisure.

Thankfully, all of Africa, a few European countries, most Asian destinations, and Oceania countries (like New Zealand and Australia) were notably absent from the list.

Unfortunately, there are still several considerations to factor in when choosing our next trip, and it may not be as simple as merely opting for a country that wasn’t specified as high-risk.

To help avoid bookings of rather complicated (or unnecessarily expensive) trips, below is a helpful summary of border restrictions and requisites for popular destinations.

Prerequisites for popular destinations SOUTH AFRICA MAY ALLOW YOU TO GO, BUT DOES YOUR DESTINATION ALLOW YOU TO COME?

In order to manage their COVID-19 statistics and ensure health of both their citizens and visitors, many countries still have tightly sealed or controlled borders.

Despite South Africa giving the green light, several countries not in the lengthy list are unready to welcome us back.

New Zealand, for example, is currently only allowing their own citizens or permanent residents back — and even these arrivals have to first observe a mandatory quarantine or isolation.

Singapore, China, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia, also deemed safe for South Africans to venture to, aren’t allowing short-term visitors yet (amongst a list of others).

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Travel and tour information summary from The South African Travel News.
Author: Meshalini Govender



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