South Africa is to reopen its borders to international visitors, including the UK, but only for people who stay at least three months in the country.
The move is designed for visitors who spend long periods in South Africa during the Northern Hemisphere winter, including those who own properties in the country.
All international passengers will still have to provide a negative Covid-19 certificate dated within at least 72 hours of arrival or face quarantine restrictions.
Kgomotso Ramothea, acting hub head for UK and Ireland at South African Tourism, said: “This is a very positive step for South Africa and great news for UK travellers eager to return to the destination on a long-term basis, whether they’re visiting friends and family, staying in their own holiday home or planning to stay in tourism accommodation.
“South Africa has always been a popular destination for many Brits looking to escape the dark winter nights in favour of the country’s summer season so we are delighted to welcome them back to explore our incredible natural landscapes, diverse vibrant culture, wide open spaces, and abundance of nature and wildlife.
“The UK is our number one source market and the return of British visitors to the destination will help aid the economic recovery of the tourism industry as we look to a brighter future.”