The South African President announced a reopening.
All travelers will need to provide a negative PCR COVID test taken within 72 hours before departure. Also, at the airport in SA they will undergo temperature checks.
Travelers that will attempt to enter without a test or will have any of the corona symptoms will need to stay in quarantine at their own expense, for 14 days.
South Africa will only allow entry to selected countries.
What is the current COVID situation in South Africa?
As of January 14, South Africa has reported 1.28M positive cases and 35,140 deaths. The current daily rates are increasing and range between 15 – 20K cases.
Is it safe to visit South Africa during COVID-19?
Visiting South Africa during COVID-19 is relatively safe but CDC recommends only essential travel and still marks South Africa with a level 3 warning. (CDC.gov)
Can American tourists travel to South Africa?
Yes. All visitors are currently welcomed, including American tourists.
Tourism in South Africa
The country implemented strong lockdown measures, only to lift them in July, which is believed to be responsible for the country’s surge in COVID-19 cases. Indeed, many tourism attractions opened immediately after the country’s lockdown was lifted. This includes common outdoor attractions like parks and beaches.
Many tourism-related industries have shifted their focus from international to internal tourism. This has proven to be a somewhat successful effort in some countries, and South Africa is looking to duplicate the success of these nations. This is being done via the creation of a formal marketing campaign, “It Is Your Country, Enjoy It,” which is geared explicitly towards improving domestic tourism. This is particularly the case for Cape Town, one of the largest international tourism locales in the country.