Cape Town Tourism Brief on COVID-19


Topnews, Tourismus

01. April 2020

On 23 March 2020 the South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, announced a nationwide lockdown due to the growing spread of COVID-19 in our country. The lockdown will last for 21 days and will be in effect from midnight on Thursday, 26 March 2020 until midnight on Thursday 16 April 2020. This follows the address on the 15 March 2020 where a national state of disaster was declared due to the rising COVID-19 infection rate.

A number of these temporary measures will impact international travel to our beautiful city:

  • Travel ban on foreign nationals from high-risk countries. The high-risk countries include Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Germany, France, the United States, the United Kingdom and China. (See link below for more information)
  • Visa’s from these high-risk regions have been revoked
  • Visa applications criteria have also been amended

Click here to see full details of what potential travellers need to know regarding COVID-19 and travelling to our City

Further to that, during the lockdown all the borders will be closed and no airlines will be allowed to operate. No international passengers will be able to enter South Africa after midnight on 26 March.

International tourists already checked into accommodation establishments will not be allowed to leave the establishment unless they are en-route to an airport and can show proof of a confirmed reservation. Guests will be liable to pay their own accommodation costs. Embassies have to be informed and it is up to the Embassy to arrange a charter for its citizens to be repatriated.

Read more here

Details around the duration of the travel restrictions which are currently in place are unclear however, if you have any clients in South Africa with any questions or concerns, please get them to contact their respective consulates and embassies for more information. A comprehensive list to embassies in South Africa can be found by clicking here

Daily updates from the South African Government around the COVID-19 virus in South Africa can be found by clicking on this Link


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