South Africa borders open

Staff Reporter

South Africa opened borders 1 October to international travellers barring those coming from 60 high-risk countries including UK, USA, Russia, including several countries in the Middle East and Latin America.

The country closed it’s border posts March as a containment measure to curb the spread of the Corona virus outbreak.

In a statement, the government said travellers visiting that country will be expected to abide by the health regulations which include mandatory wearing of masks, practicing social distancing in public places and hands sanitizing.

Travellers are also required to produce a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test not later than 72 hours from the time of departure from their country of origin.

“The test must be conducted by a certified medical practitioner and should have the name and signature of the practitioner,” International Relations and Cooperation Minister said.

“Travellers will also need to provide a proof of accommodation should they need to self-quarantine at the time of arrival in the country,” Minister Naledi Pandora added.

Meanwhile, African countries are not considered high-risk countries since they have lower cases compared to South Africa.

However, there has been confusion at Beitbridge border posts when travellers including returning residents from South Africa were restricted to pass through the Zimbabwe side citing lack of communication between authorities from the 2 neighboring countries. Official comments we not available at the time of writing this article

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