From now on, African travelers will be able to travel to the countries of Nelson Mandela provided they have the relevant travel documents. South African authorities have stressed that the latter will be subjected to PCR tests and temperature checks on arrival.
Planes from Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe are the first to land on South African soil. For the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Naledi Pandor, This reopening of borders with some of its African neighbors will give new impetus to intra-community trade, which has been sluggish for months. In addition, a resumption of international flights is noted on the tarmacs of the airports of Johannesburg and Cape Town (south-west). According to the South African Tourism Business Council (TBCSA), travel restrictions have taken a heavy toll on the tourism sector, which employs 1.5 million people and contributes more than 8.5% of GDP.
South Africa, the African country most affected by the pandemic, is the first to impose full national containment on the continent. The Rainbow Nation has applied a level 3 containment, considered one of the strictest in the world.