South Africa is now ready to welcome the world.

South Africa is now ready to welcome the world.

Exactly half a year ago, a national state of disaster was declared by the government to fight the spread of COVID-19. It has been a stressful time comprising of elevated levels of social isolation, hunger, criminal activity, panic buying, fake news, looting, protesting, businesses slowing down, and the unforeseen loss of important people.

Level 1 Lockdown has relaxed rules and regulations that come with the reopening of international airports.

Increased gathering capacity:

  • 250 people allowed at indoor events;
  • 500 people allowed at outdoor events;
  • Physical exercise, recreation and entertainment venues allowed to operate at 50% capacity;
  • Sports restrictions still as at Level 3; and
  • 100 people are allowed at funerals.

Eased travel restrictions:

  • International travel will be eased in gradually as of 1 October;
  • Limited amount of countries can be visited based on their risk levels;
  • Only OR Tambo, King Shaka and Cape Town International airports will be operational for international flights;
  • A negative COVID-19 test result (no older than 72 hours) must be presented at airports;
  • Mandatory quarantine for travellers who have no proof of testing for COVID-19;
  • International tourists allowed to travel in but required to be screened first; and
  • All travellers are required to use country’s COVID-19 alert app. 

Other changes:

  • The curfew remains in place, effective daily between midnight and 4 am;
  • Alcohol consumption permitted in licensed venues;
  • Alcohol sales permitted from Monday to Friday between 9 am and 5 pm;
  • The UIF relief benefit remains in place until the end of the national state of disaster; and
  • All long-term visas will be reinstated.

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