MEDIA STATEMENT: MINISTER LINDIWE SISULU WELCOMES CHANGES IN REGULATIONS AS IMMEDIATE BOOST TO TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY
Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has supported the decision to scrap the PCR tests for people visiting the country.
Tonight, SA President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that all travellers entering South Africa will need to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours.
All unvaccinated travellers entering the country who want to be vaccinated will be offered a vaccination.
“As we are all looking forward to a brighter year for the South African tourism sector recovery, these revised regulations are most welcome. These revisions will immediately address some challenges that travellers and the tourism industry have expressed and will make South Africa more accessible and attractive. Doing away with the requirement of a PCR test for all arrivals reduces the added cost and administrative burden to travelling,” Minister Sisulu said.
Increasing the numbers of people attending outdoor indoor events is a major boost for leisure travel and the Business Events industry. We look forward to South Africa hosting many more physical meetings and conferences that can be held at a larger scale,” continued Sisulu.
This comes at an opportune time, as our plans are well underway to host Africa’s Travel Indaba in May, one of our signature trade shows, after a two-year absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“South African borders are open and we are ready to welcome regional and international visitors. Our globally-benchmarked norms and standards are in place to ensure the safety of all citizens and visitors alike,” Minister Sisulu said.
“Now is a great time to travel for business and leisure, come and explore our beautiful country, we stand ready to welcome travellers near and far,” concluded Minister Sisulu.
Minister Sisulu also expressed her delight as sporting codes, music festivals and other major conferences are now permitted, meaning more tourist in the country.
Issued by Ministry of Tourism
Steve Motale on 0837840719
MLO Mpumzi Zuzile on 0725509019
Sunnyside, Pretoria, 0001