What is expected when traveling to South-Africa

Three major airports for international travel

South Africa has re-opened three major airports for international travel. These airports are Cape Town International, OR Tambo in Johannesburg and King Shaka International in Durban.

Expectations upon arrival

This welcome announcement has generated a lot of questions from travelers about the different requirements for traveling to South Africa.  This article answers any grey area questions and explains what you can expect upon arrival.

Adhere to procedures

On arrival in South Africa, all travelers will need to adhere to the following procedures:

  • Present a negative Covid-19 test result not older than 72 hours from time of departure; this includes infants and children.  Covid-19 tests must be from a registered health practitioner or laboratory.
  • Where a traveler has not done a Covid-19 test prior to departure, they will be required to remain in mandatory quarantine at their own cost for the period of ten (10) days.
  • All travelers will be subjected to screening by health officials upon arrival and departure.
  • All travelers detected with symptoms will be required to remain in mandatory quarantine facilities and have a repeat Covid-19 test conducted at their own cost. The approximate cost for a COVID test ranges from R850.00 to R1300.00 per person.
  • Every traveler must have mandatory travel insurance.
  • All travelers must complete a Traveler Health Questionnaire prior to arrival or upon arrival.
  • Beside the health protocols, travelers will still be subjected to other formal border processes. All travelers should wear masks at all times whilst in the controlled airport area and adhere to social distance as part of queue management protocol.
  • Travelers must travel with their accommodation confirmations.
  • Travelers must download the South African COVID Alert App.  The app uses Bluetooth contact-tracing technology to let people know if they have been in contact with someone who has Covid-19. It gives everyone the chance to understand their exposure to the virus.

Depending on the airline used, when departing from South Africa, travelers will require another Covid-19 test taken 48 to 72 hours prior to departure.

According to the World Health Organization guidelines, South Africa is travel ready with the majority of establishments putting strict health and safety measures in place. Travelers can take comfort in the knowledge that the South African tourism industry is reviving, and the safety of tourists is undoubtedly priority number one. Accepting that safety is a shared responsibility, South Africa welcomes back the many pleasure that tourists have missed for so long.

 

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The V&A Waterfront is first South African attraction awarded with the Safe Travels stamp

Comprehensive measures implemented to safeguard the health of visitors and employees.

The V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa is the first in the country to adopt the World Travel, and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safe Travels stamp. The Safe Travels stamp is the world’s first-ever global safety and hygiene stamp for Travel and Tourism, designed specifically to address COVID-19 and similar outbreaks.

Applied complete safeguard measures

The extremely popular attraction joins an international list of 80 top travel destinations and 1 200 companies around the world to be awarded the specially designed ‘Safe Travels’ stamp. This means they have applied complete measures to safeguard the health of visitors and employees. The Safe Travels stamp is only awarded once all the health and hygiene protocols have been implemented.

The global protocols were developed in collaboration with the WTTC Members, leading industry associations and international organisations. They consider the current guidelines of the World Health Organization and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. The initiative is also backed by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation.

Rebuild confidence among travellers and tourism sector

The WTTC produced the new global Safe Travel protocols for use by the Travel & Tourism sector as best practice guidelines to help restart and speed up the recovery of the sector in the wake of COVID-19. The aim of the protocols is to rebuild confidence among travellers, and within the tourism sector, so that safe travel can resume once restrictions are eased.

The stamp allows travellers and other travel and tourism stakeholders to recognise destination authorities and companies around the world that have implemented health and hygiene protocols aligned with WTTC’s Safe Travels Protocols.

A future of secure travel

The protocols provide consistency to destination authorities as well as guidance to travel providers, operators and travellers about the new approach to health and hygiene in a post-COVID-19 world. The WTTC ultimately envisions a future of travel which is safe, secure, seamless, and provides an authentic and meaningful experience to the traveller across the journey; one which supports the livelihoods of millions and contributes to sustainable economic growth.

V&A Waterfront CEO David Green said “We’ve noted best practice from all over the world with a view to setting a benchmark, and we will continue to modify these measures as our understanding of the coronavirus evolves. As a member of the WTTC, we have the most up to date information on the most effective, scientifically supported measures available and the V&A will continue to take the lead in implementing them.

Intensified cleaning and sanitising regime

As part of its coronavirus response, the V&A Waterfront has introduced an intensified cleaning and sanitising regime of its public areas, requires visitors to wear masks at all times, and is limiting the number of visitors in its stores. Natural ventilation has been increased where possible, and the V&A is making creative use of its many open spaces to facilitate social distancing.

The V&A Waterfront also uses technology as a means to enable the safe resumption of retail, hospitality and leisure activities, introducing contactless payment for parking, and click and collect drive-through shopping solutions.

We are working with our tenants to ensure strict compliance to the WTTC protocols throughout the V&A Waterfront so that visitors can be assured that it is safe to enjoy the many attractions and leisure activities on offer.  We know that people are concerned for their safety, but are also looking forward to getting out and to start living again. By taking every precaution, the V&A Waterfront will make it possible to do so as safely as possible” concluded Green.

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A weekend away is good for the soul

A weekend away is an inspirational thought. We get to see new places, do new things, eat new food and meet new people but there is more to it.  A weekend away is good for the soul because it frees the soul from any worries it might be suffering from.

Give-away campaign

In this article we share a sneak preview of our upcoming ‘weekend give-away campaign’ plus the reasons why a weekend away is so very good for the soul. To maintain a healthy soul you need to participate in creative and constructive activities. Your soul’s condition is the key to your mental health.

We all have different likings, some like the beach more than the mountains. Some are happy to explore different cities and villages but what matters most is getting away for a weekend. It’s an opportunity to remember the good things in your life.

A weekend away is food for the soul for many reasons, we list some below.

  • You are on the move, this makes you physically and mentally strong, which ultimately makes your soul capable of remaining robust.
  • You are relaxed and calm, this makes you motivated, happy and more fulfilled.
  • You feel relaxed, it’s a perfect time to break away from the dull daily nine to five routines.
  • In a good way, you feel changed, your experience makes you feel more conscious and you see the horizon in a different light.
  • You are eating different foods which sheds light on habits and you look at your life from a new perspective.

weekend away

Why?

Research indicates there is evidence to prove that a weekend away can help your mental health and physical well-being.

We live a daily routine life with many things to worry about; work, family, society, even simple things like reading and replying to emails, daily household shopping, laundry, transport and getting enough sleep.

A weekend away will break this because you can get up late, have breakfast slowly, walk around in the morning, relax all day or do some holiday activities and go back on bed at night with a relaxed mind. Participation in leisure activities is known to strengthen brain cells, the connection between the cells and the formation of new nerve cells.

A weekend away unleashes and enhances creativity. Creativity is sensitive to change and adapts to new sounds, smells, tastes and vision allowing you to experience different things that you do not experience at home. If you are dealing with a challenge, you have time to rediscover yourself or maybe just get a chance to clear your head. Sometime you will find a better version of you.

A weekend away boosts confidence because it challenges the brain with new and different experiences and environments, this is important behavior that promotes brain health.  You can fall in love over and over again.

A weekend away is perfect medicine to improve on family relations, it builds bonds and deepens the understandings of each other’s experiences.  This in turn increases communication and kindness.

A weekend away makes you relax and focus; it triggers genetic changes to boost the immune system.  And the very best reason is that you deserve to enjoy a weekend break, just to have fun, be with the people you love, and do simple things that make you feel alive.

Inquisitive?

Are you feeling inquisitive about our upcoming ‘weekend give-away campaign’ yet?  We are eyeing amazing destinations in the Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt regions as winning weekend getaways for all  Nigerians that are good for the soul. Here are four exciting clues:

  1. An island resort that offers sun, sand and sea! A resort full of surprises, fun activities, lively entertainment and smiling faces with so much more.
  2. A boutique hotel and spa catering resort that provides easy access and a welcoming ambience to refresh, renew, and restore oneself.
  3. A world class luxury prime hospitality centre with an indigenous brand that offers the best in recreation, leisure, relaxation, fitness, conferences and entertainment.
  4. A serene resort with a mix of adventure and idyllic tranquillity with rich natural vegetation and picturesque views to calm the soul.

Do you know?

Do you think you know these delightful destinations in Nigeria?

It’s not often we end an article with a cliff-hanger but this time we wanted to whet your travel appetite and leave you in suspense as we anxiously plan our exciting post lockdown ‘weekend give-away campaign’.

Please keep your eyes open for future articles!

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South-African International Borders are Open

Continent of Africa welcome to visit

South Africa’s borders start to reopen for tourism on 1st October 2020. The good news is that Nigeria and the rest of the African continent are allowed to visit.

At the start flights are limited to the country’s main international airports; Cape Town airport, OR Tambo in Johannesburg and King Shaka in Durban.

The three international airports are ready to facilitate cross-border travel and will obey the measures and protocols that are in place for safe world travel.

SA Border Open

Easy entry requirements

For the safety of tourists, South Africa recommends and will ask travellers to download the ‘Covid Alert South Africa’ mobile app but this is not compulsory.

On arrival, travellers need to present a negative Covid-19 test result not older than 72 hours from time of departure.

All travellers will be screened on arrival and those who show symptoms will be required to have a Covid-19 test.  Where necessary, travellers will need to enter mandatory quarantine facilities at their own cost.

At the moment the United Kingdom, the United States, India, Russia, France and the Netherlands are considered high-risk countries and are not permitted entry into South Africa. The high-risk category is drawn up in terms of the World Health Organisation criteria and will be revised every two weeks.

Recovery of tourism

South Africa announced that they are really looking forward to welcoming visitors once again. The opening of borders is a major milestone towards the recovery of tourism on the African continent. South Africa is among the safest tourist destinations in the world.

After six months of lockdown, South Africa is eager to rejuvenate tourism and share the adventures, game drives, hiking and other unbelievable memorable tourism experiences that the country has to offer.

Amazing holiday destination

South Africa has astounding natural beauty and is more often than not picked as the most amazing holiday destination by tourists. Tourists love the beaches, the luxury accommodation and beautiful coastal drives.  South Africa also has an astonishing variety of marine life; it’s the best place in the world to view whales from beaches and to swim with great white sharks.

With some of the best national parks in the world, South Africa has been rated the finest wildlife destination on earth. It’s the perfect place to experience great sunsets with giraffes or elephants. The country has more species of large mammal than anywhere else in the world.

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