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Johannesburg, Oct 8 (EFE) – South Africa announced Thursday that it will deploy antigen testing equipment at all its border posts as an alternative for travelers who do not have a recent negative PCR test, a measure initially mandatory to enter the country.
This option will greatly facilitate entry and exit especially for other Africans, as in many countries the difficulty of access to PCR testing made it virtually impossible for them to travel to South Africa.
“Government is aware that some of the neighboring countries, for example Lesotho, do not have the capacity to conduct PCR testing for all travelers bound for South Africa,” Cyril Ramaphosa’s Executive admitted in the statement.
The revival of international travel is a key factor in the gradual recovery of activity in Africa’s second largest economy, and the main transport hub in the south of the continent.
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If you can’t wait any longer and want to make this South Africa itinerary a reality, you don’t have to, as travel is possible and easy. The country has already been open to tourism for a few months and restrictions are minimal.
Moreover, as we will tell you throughout this article, the requirements for travel to South Africa now in 2022 are very easy to meet. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers against the coronavirus can enter the African nation.
What will you find if you travel to South Africa now? A climate of normality. On June 23, all pandemic-related measures were lifted. In fact, it is not even necessary to wear masks indoors.
South Africa promises you a thousand adventures, which is why IATI Backpacker is the best insurance for this trip. Not only does it cover you for a silly accident like a sprained ankle while walking around Cape Town, but you’ll also be protected while doing adventure sports like diving with the great white shark or hiking in search of animals in the Kruger Park.
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Likewise, many cities apply curfews or access restrictions to some monuments for security reasons. Some countries do not allow entry to restaurants and entertainment venues without the presentation of an official vaccination certificate or a negative PCR test via QR code. Please consult for more details.
We recommend that you take out health insurance for the entire duration of your stay. Please note that in some countries, it is mandatory for entry into the destination.
The list of countries or areas at risk, as well as the criteria for inclusion in it, is published on the website of the Ministry of Health and on the SpTH website. As a general rule, the lists will be reviewed every seven days.
VERY IMPORTANT: all diagnostic tests for travel abroad must be at least in English, and show: name and surname of the holder, date of sample collection, type of test performed, authorized health center performing the test, negative test result and issuing country.
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The appearance of the omicron variant has abruptly interrupted the honeymoon of the Aragonese Daniel Lostao and Marta Manso, who have been forced to rush back home to avoid being trapped in South Africa. “We found out from a friend when we were in Zimbabwe, the day before flying to South Africa to connect with Mozambique”, explained Daniel in the program Aquí y Ahora of Aragón TV.
They obtained tickets to Amsterdam and, before boarding the aircraft, they had to test negative for antigens, since the PCRs they had had exceeded the 24-hour limit by a couple of hours. After passing the tests stamped by the South African authorities and passing four controls at the airport, the two Aragonese took their seats on the plane, from where, after more than an hour of waiting, another couple was evicted due to doubts about their diagnostic tests. In Africa, they witnessed the disbelief of its people at the “hysteria” unleashed in Europe by a variant that so far is not causing a number of infected people as in many European countries. “A waiter did not understand why there was not more talk about the situation in countries like Germany or Austria, with many more cases, and told us that this was happening because it was Africa, because if it were Europe, nobody would have closed the borders”, he explained.