US travel advisory a blow to South African tourism sector

us travel advisory a blow to south african tourism sector

The US State Department has recently updated its travel advice for various countries, awarding South Africa Level 4 status. Countries awarded Level 4 status are deemed “no go zones” by the United States government. The notice published on Tuesday 20 April thus warns US citizens against travel to South Africa.

“The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for South Africa due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in the country,” the advisory said.

South Africa’s beleaguered tourism and hospitality sectors are heavily reliant on international visitors for their revenues. Prior to the onset of the global pandemic, the United States of America had consistently been one of South Africa’s top tourism source markets, alongside the United Kingdom and Germany. 

The United States’ latest advisory against travel to South Africa does not bode well for local tourism and hospitality businesses that battled through the national lockdown with severely reduced customer volumes.    

The recent advisory issued by the US State Department, against travel to South Africa, is not good news for hotels and tourism companies who have been eagerly awaiting the return of foreign visitors to our shores…

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