Zim-SA border to open in October

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TARUBEREKERA MASARA in Pretoria

The South African government has announced the opening of land borders to the public as part of it’s migration to Covid 19 alert level 1 restrictions.

South Africa’s borders will open for tourists – inbound and outbound – on October 1, SA President, Cyril Ramaphosa announced Wednesday September 16.

Ramaposa said there are caveats, including that some countries may be red-listed based on their coronavirus statistics.

He said those arriving need to show a recent negative test for Sars-CoV-2, and should install a government contact-notification app.

South Africa’s President, Ramaphosa said that borders will reopen to most countries next month, as the country further eases anti-coronavirus measures.

“We will gradually and cautiously ease restrictions on international travel… allowing travel into and out of South Africa for business, leisure and other travel with effect from the 1st of October 2020,”said Ramaposa.

He added that some countries will remain restricted.

“Travel may be restricted to and from certain countries that have high infection rates.”

The announcement comes at a time when various predictions were made in the media on 2 phased approach on the opening of borders.

According to Bloomberg there were suggestions that land borders will only be opened to those who have visas – in contrast to the usual free flow of travel between SADC countries

Holders of Zimbabwean Special Dispensation and Lesotho Special Dispensation permits will be allowed to travel easily.

Bloomberg said two insiders privy to the deliberations said the Natjoints raised concerns about a second wave of the virus due to possible imported cases.

As a result, the country will not be open for all tourists.

The list of countries that will be restricted from travelling to South Africa is expected to be announced over the weekend.