Covid-19 Alert Level 1 Update: South Africa Restores Free Visa for Countries Including High Covid-19 Rated U.S.

The South African government has reinstated free visas for travelers from countries including Covid-19 high risk countries such as the U.S following the visa suspension since March 2020 as part of a strict lockdown to curb the coronavirus.

According to a statement by the government, visas will again be available to visitors from France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Italy, South Korea, Hong Kong, Iran and the U.S., the Ministry of Home Affairs said in a statement on Sunday. International travelers will need to present a negative Covid-19 test result that’s no more than 72 hours old or face a mandatory 10-day quarantine.

The exemptions, coming just days after the reopening of borders to travelers from other African nations, represent another easing of the lockdown in a bid to reboot economic growth clobbered by the pandemic. Coronavirus infections continue to decline in South Africa even as the economy reopens. South Africa is now open for business travellers from all countries in the world while touristic travel is still restricted from countries categorised by the WHO as high risk. Such restrictions and categorisation will be reviewed every two weeks- the government said.

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