As South Africa reopens to international tourism, there has never been a more important priority than ensuring that we do so safely for staff and guests. Our duty as the tourism and hospitality sector is to inspire confidence that travel to South Africa is safe and easy. To do this, it is absolutely essential that all tourism and hospitality establishments adopt and adhere to the Travel Safe – Eat Safe protocols.
Following months of lobbying, the move to Alert Level 1 will enable the sector to get back to work, contribute to the economy and save jobs – a step in the right direction after six months of lockdown.
However, there have been concerns around what the re-opening of borders will mean for the country, including the concerns around the list of high-risk countries which are not permitted to enter South Africa, even at this level, and we would like to reassure the industry that this is a priority for us at the moment.
We have requested an urgent meeting with Government to further clarify the method used to draft the list of high-risk countries and the practicalities surrounding this suggested phased reopening, so that this can be examined and its feasibility determined.
We remain committed to the recovery of the tourism and hospitality industries and will continue to engage industry stakeholders and the government in its efforts to collaborate and recover South Africa’s economy.