What is the latest situation regarding travel to South Africa, Namibia and Botswana?
A hymn to fight the virus? This “infectious” South African song „Jerusalema“ has in the past few months had feet tapping all around the world! President Ramaphosa requested all South Africans to learn the dance steps of the song to inspire and lift the mood of the country- and in that he succeeded whole heartedly!
The infection rates in South Africa have been on the low side for the last almost 3 months averaging between 1000 and 2000 daily. As of 1st October South Africa has opened the borders for international travel however the government is working according to a “risk-list” of countries. German guests for e.g. were initially allowed in with only a valid Covid-19 test, but recently due to the increase in the number of infections in Germany there is now a travel stop. The largest English-speaking source markets to South Africa including USA and Great Britain are still on the “risk-list” with progress in each country being assessed fortnightly. Most of the tourist attractions and most hotels and lodges are open, ready for visitors and have all necessary hygiene protocols in place.
In Namibia the borders have been open since mid-September and guests from Europe are warmly welcomed if they can show a negative Covid-19 test result. In addition, the Governments of Germany, Austria and Switzerland have all taken Namibia off their “risk country” list which is fabulous. We look forward to all other countries that have not done so yet to follow suit.
Botswana is currently still closed but we are hoping to hear positive news from 1st November or 1st December!
At the beginning of October our colleague Anke flew with Lufthansa from Frankfurt to Cape Town. She experienced first-hand the professional way the formalities, procedures and service on board prepared for the 11,5 hour flight. In addition to Lufthansa, KLM, Turkish Airlines, BA and Emirates are all flying to Cape Town and Johannesburg. South Africa is back and we are happy to reconnect!