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TURKEY OPENS ITS DOORS TO SOUTH AFRICANS

The Cape Town office of Turkish Airlines announced that South Africans or those who have spent 14 days in South Africa before their travels are once again welcomed into Turkey. Travellers will however be required to adhere to the following: A Passenger Locator Form A negative PCR test within 72 hours of travelling Vaccinated travellers […]

THE SOUTH AFRICAN PASSPORT IMPROVES ITS HENLEY RANKING

The South African passport improved its ranking from the 58th to the 51st spot on the Henley list. The ranking by Henley is based on accessibility – specifically visa-free entry to countries. With this jump, South Africans now have visa-free access to 104 countries and territories – although this is not much of an increase […]

WESTERN CAPE BUSINESS EVENTS SUPPORT PROGRAMME LAUNCHED

The Cape Town & Western Cape Convention Bureau, a division of Wesgro, the official Tourism, Trade, Film and Investment Promotions agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, has announced the creation of the Western Cape Business Events Support Programme – a support programme aimed to stimulate short, and medium-term national business events in the […]

CHANGE YOUR VIEW IN 2022

The world has changed.  Working from home has become ‘tired’ – between your desk and kitchen, there aren’t many places to escape to. Some employees have opted for days at the coffice (a coffee-shop office) for some days to break the monotony. Many South Africans are taking this to the ‘next level’ and relocating to ensure their […]

“A final look at 2021 and my wishes for 2022…” – Kananelo Makhetha

“The last 6 months we felt strong, resilient and were grateful for the positive turn in our industry in terms of our domestic travels but also the pick-up in international travellers both inbound and outbound. We are grateful to have rehired many of our team members that were retrenched and started to become hopeful and […]

NEW ‘TOURISM MONITORS PROGRAMME’ AT KEY AIRPORTS

The Tourism Monitors Programme, established on 15 November by The Department of Tourism and the Airports Company South Africa, has been established to boost safety and security levels of the key airports in South Africa. A group of over 120 youths have been trained and graduated from the Department’s Tourism Monitors Programme to serve at […]

BOOSTER SHOTS FOR MALTA

The Maltese authorities have announced that they will require fully vaccinated travellers to acquire a booster shot to enter the country. Travellers that have been vaccinated with either the Covishield, Sinopharm, or Covaxin vaccines will only be allowed into the country once they have received a booster shot made by either AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, or […]

THE RETURN OF INDABA AND MEETINGS AFRICA

After 2 years of cancellations due to Covid-19, Indaba and Meetings Africa returns! Indaba and Meetings Africa, two internationally recognised global trade shows, confirmed on 12 November 2021 that they will be returning in 2022 as physical events with limited virtual components. Acting CEO of South African Tourism, Sthembiso Dlamini, said “We are very pleased […]

NEW ZEALAND REMAINS SEALED OFF

New Zealand residents, their families, foreign students, diplomats, and a few other exempted travellers are welcomed into the country at present, but as of 1 November, even these permitted travellers will have to prove they are fully vaccinated before being allowed to enter the country. Arriving travellers are still required to complete 14 days in […]

WINDHOEK AIRPORT’S FACELIFT NOW COMPLETE!

Dan Kamari, Namibia Airport Company’s spokesperson, said the work on the airport was aimed at elevating it to a global standard that can better facilitate baggage handling and extend terminal amenities for domestic, VIP, and VVIP flights. The ‘facelift’ includes the addition of 18 new check-in desks, five more self-service check-in kiosks, more departure security […]

VIRGIN RETURNS THIS DECEMBER

Following South Africa’s exciting exit from the UK red list – Virgin has brought forward their portfolio expansion to increase JHB to London flights from 3 a week, to twice daily. They’ve also announced direct flights from Cape Town to Heathrow to resume 3 times weekly as of 17 December 2021. The airline offers unlimited […]

THE US CONFIRMS THEIR OPEN DATE

TTG Media reports that Assistant Press Secretary, Kevin Munoz, announced the reopening of US borders to vaccinated travellers as of 8 November 2021. The reduction in travel restrictions extends across local and international land and air travel but ensompasses a stringent and consistent public health and safety policy to protect both locals and international travellers. […]

COSTA RICA’S MANDATORY VACCINATION PASS

A mandatory vaccine passport will be rolled out in Costa Rica as of 01 December 2021. This will require travellers to make use of their Health Pass, also a requirement to enter the country, to gain access to any of the below establishments: restaurants cafés food parks bars casinos retail shops shopping centres museums gyms […]

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 […]

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