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The severe effects of lockdown on local businesses became painfully clear following the release of new GDP figures from Stats SA last month. According to these statistics, South Africa has endured a 16.4% GDP reduction (unadjusted, -51% on an annualised basis) since lockdown was implemented in March.
The following entry requirements come into effect as of 1 October: Travellers entering South Africa will need to produce a negative PCR test, to be presented on arrival and not older than 72 hours from the time of departure from the country of origin.
Travellers entering South Africa will need to produce a negative PCR test, to be presented on arrival and not older than 72 hours from the time of departure from the country of origin. The PCR test produced must be from a certified medical practitioner and the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test must be visible.
After six months of lockdown, Alert Level 1 is indeed a milestone but the reopening of our borders on 01 October doesn’t necessarily herald a return to normality. Indeed, travel may look very different for months to come.
It is essential that travellers have easy access to reliable and up-to-date information on the new, and sure to be fluctuating, travel requirements. Traveller readiness is an essential element in the strategy for businesses to return to travelling.
Without a safe, reliable COVID-19 vaccine, the world is unlikely to return to ‘normal’ any time soon. Travel experts, travel managers and travellers need to be agile and resilient, with health and wellbeing now at the very heart of business travel.
All restrictions on inter-provincial travel will be lifted during alert level two. Accomodation, hospitality venues and tours will be permitted according to approved protocols to ensure social distancing. Further guidelines related to inter-provincial travel will be communicated in the week ahead.
Individuals will now be permitted to leave their homes to travel for leisure purposes within the province where they reside. Only intra-provincial travel is permitted. Travel between provinces for leisure purposes remains prohibited until further notice.
Limited domestic air travel for business and essential purposes is allowed during risk level three, subject to restrictions on the number of flights per day and authorisation based on the reason for travel.
Repatriation Flight Available, destinations include Asia, Americas, Australia, Middle and Far East. For more information, please contact us. Seats are limited.!
Fast forward to business travel in 2020, and our COVID-19 world offers up a near perfect example of disruption and uncertainty.