It’s looking increasingly likely that Wednesday will be the day that Cyril Ramaphosa gathers us around the TV for a family meeting – Level 1 of lockdown is all but guaranteed to be announced this week, and with that, South Africa will see its borders reopening. But as ever, there are a few caveats to be aware of.

Borders reopening soon in South Africa – with exemptions

According to a report from Times Live, The president is ready to open Mzansi’s doors to international travellers once more. It’s been almost six months since flights and air travel entered a complete shutdown, with journeys to and from the country strictly forbidden. But, following a sharp decline in domestic COVID-19 cases, SA is looking to take a major step forward.

As the winds of change continue to blow, the government won’t be throwing caution into this breeze. It seems that there will be some stringent measures in place to ensure a second surge of COVID-19 does not engulf Mzansi – and that starts with identifying the countries that pose a major risk of infection.

Which countries could remain banned from travel to South Africa?

It’s understood that people from at least four countries will not be allowed to visit South Africa, due to the state of the coronavirus spread within their own borders. Likewise, travel to these nations from our shores is also likely to be strictly limited. The list, which is likely to expand during Ramaphosa’s address to the nation, includes:

  • The United States of America (USA)
  • The United Kingdom (UK)
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • Although unspecified, “other high-risk EU countries” have also been listed as troublesome.

The risks associated with SA’s borders reopening

The report also indicates that travellers from Brazil and India will be welcomed into South Africa going forward – despite having some of the highest COVID-19 transmission rates in the world. Visitors who develop coronavirus symptoms during their visit to SA will be asked to quarantine ‘at their own cost’.

This is a developing story, and we’ll have more on this throughout the day. We are expecting confirmation of Ramaphosa’s address to be shared at some point this afternoon – with an evening speech likely to be scheduled.

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Presh JM Reporter

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