For long-term residents who have been locked out of the country by Covid-19 restrictions, the South African government has a new solution. It is now offering them a new type of visa. Authorities say there are a number of regular visitors, mainly from European countries, who usually visit the country for long periods of time during the summer season, most of whom own properties in the destination.
Due to the significant economic contribution that they make to the destination during their stay, international visitors (including those from the UK), whether listed in the high-risk category or not, are now allowed into South Africa on a long-term basis. This is only if they stay for a three-month period or more, subject to Covid-19 protocols.
All international travellers will still be required to present a Covid-19 free certificate dated no later than 72 hours within their date of arrival or quarantine on arrival.
Kgomotso Ramothea, acting hub head UK and Ireland in South African Tourism said: “This is a positive step for South Africa and great news for UK travellers eager to return to the destination on a long-term basis, whether they’re visiting friends and family, staying in their own holiday home or planning to stay in tourism accommodation. As it’s that time of year when the clocks go back in the UK, South Africa has always been a popular destination for many Brits looking to escape the dark winter nights in favour of the country’s summer season.”
The UK is South Africa’s number one source market and the return of British visitors to the destination will help aid the economic recovery of the tourism industry.