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Government ‘hopes’ to open borders to all countries by DecemberBy ATTA®
Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said she ‘hoped’ that the list banning certain high-risk countries from entering South Africa will be scrapped in time for the festive season.
December is peak holiday season in South Africa and Kubayi-Ngubane told EWN that although the country desperately needs the financial input of international tourists from several countries that are banned, we cannot afford a second wave of COVID-19.
She added that government is monitoring Europe’s infection rates meticulously as they review the ‘red list’ every two weeks.
‘We are watching closely at what happens there [in Europe] because from our side we are making progress for a number of countries to be able to come but we are worried about us opening 100% – you win that battle at opening 100%, only to find that other countries are closing.
The latest list of high-risk countries was released on October 19.
‘The tourism sector would lose a lot of jobs and a lot more businesses would go under. We do believe that we have a second chance to try and recover and anything that can happen can literally take us backwards,’ Kubayi-Ngubane added.