Good news for tourism as the US lowers South Africa’s travel risk rating


South Africa
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The United States has once again updated its travel advisory bulletin, lowering the risk rating of several countries. Back in April, the United States issued a statement announcing its updated travel advisory, warning its citizens against travelling to and from over 200 countries including South Africa.

Due to Covid-19 South Africa received a level 4 travel warning from the States, the highest risk level, also known as the “do not travel to” list. Other points of concern listed on the advisory included violent crime, armed robbery, rape, carjacking, mugging, and frequent demonstrations, protests, and strikes.

However, this week, the US announced another round of updates to its travel advisory system, lowering South Africa’s risk rating back to Level 3. The lowered risk level is more of a recommendation than a legal order and instead urges citizens to “reconsider travel” rather than banning it.

While the updated travel advisory means little for South Africans hoping to travel to the US, (travellers from South Africa are still on the US’ list of banned countries, alongside China, Iran, European Schengen states, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, and India) it does have the potential to attract US tourists to back South Africa since vaccinated US citizens are not required to quarantine when returning to their country.

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The announcement comes a week after the US United Airlines restarted its nonstop daily route between Newark Liberty International Airport and OR Tambo International Airport.

Travel website Skyscanner’s handy mapping tool shows detailed Covid-19 travel restrictions around the world using data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). View Skyscanner’s new mapping tool for more details on current travel restrictions and find more trending content, right here.


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