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South Africans now require a visa to visit Ireland

The Republic of Ireland has suspended visa-free short-stay travel from South Africa and now requires South African passport holders to apply for a visa or transit visa, regardless of where they reside or the reason for their travel to Ireland. The Irish Embassy said visas would only be granted for a limited set of priority…
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Cape Winelands on Forbes’ ‘bucket list’ of global wine destinations

American business magazine Forbes has named the Cape Winelands as one of its must-visit wine destinations. South Africa is home to some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes and the Cape Winelands are right up there with the best. Not only are they spectacular, but they also produce some of the world’s finest wines. Day-tripping…
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Hotel Sky is a hotel of the future with its AI robots and self check-in

Having a robot carry your bags to your room seems like something out of a futuristic sci-fi film, but for this Sandton hotel, it’s just part of the package. Opened in November 2020, Hotel Sky is a new gem on the Sandton City Skyline. Born out of the vision to make enjoyment, luxury and indulgence…
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Fast mover 2: MRU readies for tourism comeback

Mauritius launched its COVID-19 vaccination programme yesterday, January 26, giving priority to health care professionals, employees of the tourism industry, senior citizens and those with underlying medical conditions. This is according to a press release from the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA). The MTPA says it expects that “soon” vaccinated visitors will be able to…
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Fast mover 1: Seychelles leads the way back to tourism

Acknowledging its strong dependence on tourism, the Seychelles was the first country in Africa to launch its vaccination campaign and is racing towards achieving herd immunity. This, it believes, will allow the island destination to fully reopen to all tourists by March 15. “Tourism is our biggest industry and it touches the lives of every…
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Israel bans all visitors

In an extraordinary and unprecedented move, Israel has closed Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport, and barred all flights from entering or leaving the country until the ban is reviewed on January 31. According to Israeli press, the move is due to fears of faster-spreading, more-contagious or vaccine-resistant coronavirus variants entering the country, just as Israel’s…
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US is no-go for SA

Travel from South Africa into the US is now banned, with the exception of returning US citizens. Travellers who are not US citizens, who have been in South Africa, Brazil, the UK and Ireland, and 26 European countries that allow travel across open borders, make up a list of those not allowed into the US,…
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Germany updates restrictions for SA travellers

Although Germany lifted the temporary ban on travellers from South Africa on January 14, South Africa is still considered a high-risk country and is designated a Level-3 risk area. Travel to Germany is still discouraged and only allowed if certain conditions apply. These include visits to immediate family (provided the family member is a German…
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Dubai bars travellers from SA

Dubai has barred entry to anyone who has been in South Africa within the 10 days prior to arrival. The rule has raised doubts on whether Emirates flights will actually be returning to South Africa on January 28, as per the airline’s last communication to the market. Emirates cancelled its flights to and from South…
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KLM cancels SA flights

Effective January 23, KLM will cancel all flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town to The Netherlands. The cancellations have been implemented due to a new ban, introduced by the Dutch government, on flights from South Africa, the UK and a number of South American countries, as reported in Travel News yesterday. “KLM must therefore cancel all flights…
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