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?