South Africa ends all Covid travel mandates

Announced on June 23, 2022, South Africa no longer requires visitors to be vaccinated against Covid-19, lifted rules on gatherings and events and ended the requirement to wear face masks outside. interior.

This makes traveling much easier to enjoy South Africa’s cities, beaches, wilderness and wildlife, as well as seeing its Nelson Mandela sights. Although no longer mandatory, wearing an N95 or KN95 type mask is a simple and effective way to minimize the risk of inadvertently spreading the virus that causes Covid-19 to others and be infected yourself. It is possible to be re-infected more than once by Covid and new studies show that each infection increases the risk of developing the cardiovascular and cerebral lesions associated with long Covid.

South Africa scraps all Covid travel regulations from June 2022

The lifting of South Africa’s Covid measures was detailed in the Minister of Health’s statement of 23 June 2022 and followed the decline in mid-June of key Covid measures in South Africa such as the positivity rate tests, hospitalizations and deaths. The decision was ratified by the South African Presidential Coordination Council and Cabinet on June 22, 2022.

As of June 23, 2022, there are no more Covid rules for gatherings and events in South Africa, including the requirement to wear masks indoors. In addition, to enter South Africa, there is no longer a requirement to have received Covid vaccines or to provide proof of a negative Covid test. However, it is still wise for travelers to get vaccinated and test themselves regularly with rapid antigen tests to make sure they are not contagious.

Visit South Africa now

July is the height of winter in South Africa, when crowds are generally fewer and prices are lower. While the nights and early mornings are cool, the afternoons are often sunny and warm.

For those wishing to see wildlife on a safari, July and August are ideal times as there are fewer leaves on the trees for animals to hide behind and drier weather means wildlife congregate around the water points.

Visit South Africa later this year and next year

South Africa’s spectacular wildflower season begins in mid-August. As the Southern Hemisphere’s winter turns into spring, it’s also the perfect time for whale watching along the South African coast. For example, there is an excellent chance of seeing whales from shore in the town of Hermanus during the spring months of September and October.

September to December sees an increasing number of festivals each month with South Africa’s high season during the hot summer months of November to March. Shoulder season in South Africa runs from September to October as well as April to May, with lower prices and fewer crowds. No matter what time of year you want to travel, there is plenty to see and experience throughout South Africa.

Commemorating human rights in South Africa

No trip to South Africa is complete without visiting some of the sites commemorating South Africa’s work to end apartheid and strengthen human rights. July 18 is Mandela Day, the 1918 birth anniversary of freedom fighter and South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela.

There are over 100 sites in South Africa commemorating Mandela that are part of Madiba’s journey (Madiba is a nickname for Mandela). These include the former political prison at Robben Island near Cape Town, the Mandela capture site near Durban, the Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill in Johannesburg, as well as public art throughout the country reminding everyone of the importance of protecting human rights.

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