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Level 1 Covid-19 Travel Updates

South Africa is open to international travel, subject to health and safety protocols. South African citizens and permanent residents are allowed entry into South Africa regardless of where you are travelling from, provided you adhere to the entry requirements (see below). Any South Africans wanting to travel overseas must check the destination entry requirements and […]

Uber – where to next?

According to the Daily Maverick, Uber has planned an extensive expansion throughout 21 smaller cities and towns across South Africa.   Some of the expansion areas include: Polokwane Newcastle Mthatha Cape West Coast Thohoyandou Upington, Margate Richards Bay Welkom Phuthaditjhaba Ermelo Queenstown Garden Route Kimberley Emalahleni Middelburg Worcester Rustenburg Potchefstroom Klerksdorp   Uber advised that […]

Saudi Arabia open to SA

Saudi Arabia’s government has removed South Africa from their banned list as of 8 September 2021. To enter the Kingdom, South Africans will be expected to have a negative PCT test no older than 72 hours, in addition to being fully vaccinated at least 14 days before travel. Visitors will be required to download the […]

PLETTENBERG AIRPORT REOPENING SOON

October 2021 could see the re-opening of the Plettenberg Bay Airport. CemAir issued a statement in mid-September that they are in communications with Bitou Local municipality to restore the Plettenberg Bay Airport to full compliance and functionality – to once again serve the area’s travel needs. The management and maintenance of the airport will then […]

BIDEN OPENS BORDERS

The US President and the greater Biden Administration has finally chosen to open the USA’s international borders to vaccinated travellers from early November, including South African travellers. Delta Airlines’ spokesperson is quoted saying “Science tells us that vaccinations, coupled with testing, is the safest way to reopen travel and we are optimistic this important decision […]

SA’S VACCINATION CERTIFICATES GO DIGITAL

South African Minister of Health, Dr. Joe Phaahla, has confirmed that the government is working on a digital platform that will be able to produce digital vaccination certificates for eligible South Africans. This mobile application will allow South Africans to keep their vaccination certificate on their smart cellular device. The travel, tourism, and general hospitality […]

COMAIR GAINS ALTITUDE THIS MONTH

The Comair Group communications team has confirmed that we can expect them back-in-action as of 1 September 2021. Due to the level 4 lockdown and the subsequent low demand in air travel, Comair, which operates Kulula.com as well as British Airways, suspended flights from July 2021. Brian Kitchin, Comair’s marketing executive says they feel temporarily […]

AUSTRALIA’S INTERNATIONAL BORDERS TO GRADUALLY OPEN

National air carrier for Australia, Qantas, projects that the population of Australia should be 80% vaccinated by December – which should encourage both state and international border restrictions to ease. The easing of restrictions, especially on international travel, will most definitely be a gradual process with focus on low-risk ‘green’ and ‘amber’ countries first; countries […]

NEW SAA READIES FOR TAKE-OFF

The newly, re-constituted SAA will take-off on 23 September 2021. Ticket sales for the new SAA flights opened on 26 August and Voyager advised that Travel Credit Voucher redemptions will be available from Monday, September 6. Interim CEO, Thomas Kgokolo, says there is a profound feeling of enthusiasm within Team SAA as it prepares for […]

GERMANY WELCOMES SOUTH AFRICAN AND NAMIBIAN TRAVELLERS

As of 1 August 2021, Lufthansa can transport South African and Namibian travellers to Germany. South Africa and Namibia have moved from the German Virus Variant Areas list to the High-Risk list; allowing vaccinated travellers to visit without quarantine and shortening quarantine for unvaccinated travellers to 10 days. Lufthansa’s general manager for Southern Africa and […]

CATHAY PACIFIC NOT RETURNING TO SA IN 2021

Due to the ongoing rules and regulations around travelling to and from South Africa, and restrictions and limitations exerted on Cathay Pacific staff and crew, the airline has opted to continue its ban on flights to and from SA for the rest of 2021. The commercial potential and demand for the Johannesburg to Hong Kong […]

MAURITIUS GEARS UP TO OPEN ITS DOORS TO SOUTH AFRICANS!

Mauritian authorities have announced that they will be welcoming vaccinated South African travellers to the island as of 01 October 2021. This reopening of borders signifies the kick-off of Phase 2 of Mauritius’ reopening strategy. Phase 1 allowed vaccinated visitors to visit the island for a ‘resort bubble’ vacation that lasts 14 days and restricts […]

RAPID PCR TESTS AT OR TAMBO

The OR Tambo International Airport has constructed a Rapid PCR testing site in their Kafue Room on the ground floor of the airport. This testing site now offers a quick turnaround time for results, an estimated 2 hours, through Next Pathology. According to the sales manager at Next Pathology’s Hospitality Division, Jacky Maulgue, the site […]

MANDATORY WEEKLY COVID-19 TESTS IN CYPRUS

Officials in Cyprus will now enforce weekly Covid-19 PCR tests for all unvaccinated tourists visiting the island. Visitors to Cyprus will be required to do their first PCR test on the 7th day of their visit and will be required to go for subsequent tests every 7 days thereafter. Only vaccinated tourists, or tourists that […]

Ten destinations that are quarantine free!

Vaccinated South African business and leisure travellers can now visit the below 10 countries! You may still be required to do Covid-19 tests and provide proof of vaccination – but you will not be required to quarantine. Take a slow walk on the Parnu beaches of Estonia. Meander through the gardens like royalty at the […]

Business and Bleisure in Europe – Qatar makes it a reality!

It is time for you to experience the unique beauty of Europe, full of charming towns, vibrant cities and diverse nature. Special fares with Qatar make Europe business and bleisure trips that much easier! Plan ahead knowing Qatar has you covered with the highest standards of safety and guaranteed flexibility. Offer valid until 30 September […]

TOURISM KZN LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

Phindile Makwakwa, acting CEO of Tourism KwaZulu-Natal, is very excited to launch their new website – www.zulu.org.za The new website launched at the end of June and offers info on leisure fun, events, and conferences in KZN, as well as information to corporates regarding tenders, annual reports and additional data on KZN. Makwakwa said, “A […]

IATA TRAVEL PASS ON TRIAL

The IATA Travel Pass, a mobile app available on smartphones, allows travellers to securely keep their Covid-19 test results on the app in order to show airlines and authorities – to meet the different entry requirements for each country. The app also allows travellers to check up on the latest COVID-19-related entry requirements for different […]

SUN INTERNATIONAL TEMPORARY CLOSES ALL PROPERTIES

Industry giant, Sun International, has announced that they are temporarily closing all their hotels, restaurants, and casino properties. Due to the Level 4 Lockdown announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday, June 27, Graham Wood, group COO, announced the closing of all their properties, including their hotels and resorts.  Sun International foresees that they will […]

A RETURN TO US CRUISING

Celebrity Edge is the first US cruise ship to sail off into the sunset in over 15 months. The Celebrity Edge usually welcomes 2900 passengers but to keep within CDC approval requirements cut passenger numbers down to 40% of its normal capacity. Some of the regulations implemented to keep within CDC specifics and to keep […]

SLOW TRAVEL

Imagine transforming your work desk into a hot desk… Travel our beloved South Africa, while working remotely – Slow travel is the answer to your pent-up wanderlust. Slow travel is quickly becoming the next big tourism trend; many businesses have realised the benefit of having employees working remotely. Working remotely during the pandemic has proven […]

DIGITALISATION OF AIRPORTS

Pre-pandemic, a passenger spent an average of 1.5 hours getting from the airport entrance onto their plane. With the increase in procedural requirements during the pandemic, the average time has doubled – even while traveller numbers are still a fraction of the norm. How will airports prevent chaos once travel fully recovers? Digitising Covid-19 health […]

‘RED TERMINALS’ AT HEATHROW AND BIRMINGHAM

The UK Government is facing increased public pressure to open its borders to international travellers. In response, they have allowed two major airports – Heathrow and Birmingham, to allocate one terminal per airport to ‘red list’ countries. This separation ensures that any travellers arriving from amber or green countries are kept separate and safe. To […]

THEBE TOURISM GROUP PAYS HOMAGE TO MADIBA

Following the buyout of their former owner, the Thebe Tourism Group executive management team, CEO, Jerry Mabena; COO, Brett Hendricks; CFO, Cobus du Plessis, and CMO Judiet Barnes, has announced a rebranding that is inspired by, and aims to honour the late president, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Formerly known as Thebe Tourism Group, the company will […]

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