South Africa will open its international borders selectively for travel and tourism from Oct. 1, ending speculation to a sector highly dependent on foreign inflows.
The much-awaited news was announced by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday.
The President’s announcement to ease travel restrictions is part of the plans to shift the country to the lowest level of coronavirus lockdown in a five level system from September 21.
“We will be allowing travel into and out of South Africa for business, leisure and other travel with effect from 1 October 2020,” the President said in a televised address.
South Africa imposed one of the strictest lockdowns in the world after the coronavirus hit the continent’s most industrialised nation hard, setting its economy back by 13 years and pushing millions more into unemployment where almost a third of the workforce was already jobless.
Other measures announced by the President include the easing of the overnight curfew on the movement of people and increasing of the limit on social, religious and political gatherings to 50% of the capacity of a venue, allowing 250 people for indoor gatherings and 500 people for outdoors.