– Coronavirus pandemic: South Africa remains closed for international tourism until 2021!

According to a press release, issued by the chairpersons of the Portfolio Committee on Tourism; and the Select Committee on Trade and Industry, Economic Development, Small Business Development, Tourism, Employment and Labour, domestic tourism in South Africa will re-open in December 2020, while international tourism will only commence in February 2021. Certain areas of business travel will be able to operate during alert level three of South Africa’s risk-adjusted strategy to manage the spread of the coronavirus, which will come into effect on 01 June 2020

South Africa’s tourism sector, which is currently “the most affected sector of all sectors during the lockdown” [src.] as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, directly accounted for 2.8% of the country’s real gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018. The indirect contribution of the tourism sector to the economy’s GDP in 2018 stood at an even higher 8.2%. [src.]