Making sense of international travel dos and don'ts

South Africans who want to travel abroad for leisure purposes will need to do some extra research before buying their tickets. 62 countries have no travel restrictions but 65 others are completely closed for leisure travel. Courtesy of #DStv403


JOHANNESBURG - If you're planning a holiday, some countries expect you to quarantine for 14 days before enjoying yourself.

Borders have been closed for six months for leisure travel.

For those who want to travel to South Africa, the rules are clear.

But there is still much confusion about South Africans who want to travel abroad for leisure purposes.

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There are 62 countries with no travel restrictions, but 65 others are completely closed for leisure travel.

Even though South Africa doesn't allow UK tourists to come here, South Africans are allowed to go to the UK for a holiday if they're willing to spend 14 days in isolation.

British High Commissioner Nigel Casey said, "the UK government took a slightly different approach to SA, from the beginning of this crisis, we decided to keep our borders open and mitigate the risk arising from international travel to people's health and our quarantine process.

"So if you travel to the UK from SA you are expected to isolate for 14 days at home. You don't need a COVID test, just a visa and self-isolation."

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Other countries that require quarantine include Mauritius and New Zealand and the United States is off the table.

You might want to go to Zanzibar or Brazil. For those two countries, you don't need to quarantine or provide a COVID-19 negative test.

The tourism council says all governments must work together to ensure overseas travel is made easier for South Africans because the global tourism sector needs a boost.

CEO of Tourism Business Council SA Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa said, "for those wanting to go overseas, I would encourage to look at what is the regime of that particular country. I think as time goes and as we open our borders we have discussions with those countries to say we don't have 30 days, we only have 15 days how do we work out this quarantine, how do we make sure we are not exposed it is something that we will have to work out from the diplomatic channels."

The list is updated every two weeks, meaning countries could be added or taken off the list depending on the risk.


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