South Africa is "on the road to tourism recovery", and is ready to welcome would-be visitors keen to "seize the opportunity to visit after a difficult year".
That was the message from Kgomotso Ramothea, South African Tourism acting hub head UK and Ireland, after South African president Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed on Wednesday (16 September) the country would reopen its borders to tourists from 1 October.
The country is preparing to reduce its Covid lockdown alert level to its lowest level from Sunday (20 September) following a "significant decrease in infections".
However, the tourism authority has warned "travel may be restricted to and from certain countries that are deemed high risk". These countries will be announced in the coming days.
All international travellers will be required to present a Covid-19 free certificate dated no later than 72 hours within their date of arrival, or they will be required to quarantine on arrival.