South Africa Reopens On October 1st, With Some Caveats

Kruger National Park, South Africa [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons
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South Africa has been under heavy lockdown since March, with a ban on all international flights.

The country announced today that they will reopen to international flights and tourists starting on October 1st.

However, President Ramaphosa said they may restrict travel from some countries with high infection rates. It’s not clear what parameters will be used for those restrictions or which countries may be affected. Given that, it’s hard to imagine tourists locking in plans until those are known.

You will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test from within 72 hours of departure in order to avoid a quarantine. If you are symptomatic upon arrival, you will have to take another COVID-19 test. If you do test positive, you will have to enter a quarantine facility at your own expense.

I had been booked to fly on United to Cape Town in late October, but last month United already cancelled their flights to South Africa until mid-December. Delta did the same as well.

Will you try to fly to South Africa when they reopen?

HT: Kobe bryent, via DDF

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Going off topic what’s the situation at the Maldive islands are they open regular?


Since July.

Shlomo I

Yes but you need to provide a negative test 7 hours before arriving.

Shlomo I

Sorry 72 hours*


On my bucket list


I’ve been dying to take my wife to Kruger Park for a while now… would love to make that a reality in the near future. Any tips on how to best do that with points?


Hmm – My shul is only allowing limited seating even with masks but some people are willing to spend 18 plus hours sitting right next to a stranger who will likely not be wearing a mask. At least while they are eating/drinking.