President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced this evening several interventions that will pave the way to an enhance reopening of South Africa for travel and tourism.
- Following extensive discussions with social partners, the UIF will extend the COVID-19 UIF Ters benefit scheme by another month, to 15 October 2020. This is the final extension based on the realistic fiscal situation the country finds itself in and we are grateful for the government’s recognition for how important this is in protecting jobs and their response to doing whatever they can to further reopen the market. We now have to work to get business back to normal.
- South Africa is also opening up international travel to all countries subject to the necessary health protocols and the presentation of a negative COVID-19 certificate. This will make a huge difference to ensuring South Africa’s recovery as a primary long-haul destination on the African continent. We need to congratulate our Government for the way in which it has responded to the pandemic and where we are today, recognising their efforts in balancing economic requirements with the safety of South African residents. This needs to be celebrated and should be seen as a key factor in instilling confidence that we are a safe destination to travel to.
- By using rapid tests and strict monitoring South Africa intends to limit the spread of the infection through importation.
ASATA will monitor the situation closely and release more information as soon as the regulations supporting these announcements are issued.
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