South Africa Ditches Last of COVID-19 Restrictions

South Africa Ditches Last of COVID-19 Restrictions

South Africa’s cabinet concluded that the COVID-19 restrictions had served their purpose.

The revision of the COVID-19 management regulations is a necessary shot in the arm for the tourism sector, which has been battered by more than two years of the global Pandemic. The requirement to wear a mask indoors has been removed as well as limits on gatherings and border checks for COVID-19.

South African Tourism said that abolishing the mask-wearing mandate and removing restrictions on gatherings and port of entry vaccination requirements will benefit the entire tourism sector value chain. The group said in a press statement that the end of the restrictions is a tonic the sector needs to accelerate the rebound to pre-pandemic tourist arrival numbers and profitability levels.

The revisions mean that visitors from all over the world can now experience more activities and experiences in the country. It means that the strain placed on business events, live social events and exhibitions in the past two years will be removed. Meetings Africa and Africa’s Travel Indaba proved that travelers and business event delegates want to come to South Africa after the return of delegates and vendors from across the globe.

After 26 months of lackluster performance due to the Pandemic and restrictions, this move should allow for the sector to recover. South Africa’s Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan identifies tourism as a catalyst for the economy’s recovery and it is one of the primary interventions for rebooting the country’s economy.

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