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Everest set to reopen

Nepal has started issuing climbing permits for Mount Everest and other Himalayan peaks, four and a half months after its government halted expeditions, according to Nepal’s state-run Anadolu Agency. Last week, the government lifted its four-month nationwide lockdown and a tourism ministry spokesman said trekking and mountaineering would have to comply with a health protocol to…
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Namibia trials reopening of international tourism

Namibia has today (August 3) opened its borders to tourists from a selected list of international markets as it gears up for the reopening of the country’s borders later this year. This trial period – which is due to end on September 17 – will help determine whether travellers from certain low-risk source markets can…
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SANParks will police guests’ origin

South African National Parks (SANParks) will soon make an announcement on the opening of accommodation in individual parks following the Minister of Tourism’s declaration permitting accommodation to open for leisure travel intra-provincially. SANParks acting head of communications, Reynold Thakhuli, told Travel News that a finalised statement was in the works and would be made public soon. However, there…
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More passport applications allowed

The Department of Home Affairs has announced on its Facebook page, additional categories of passport applications that will be accepted at its offices during lockdown. The categories are for applications by citizens: who need to take up employment abroad. who need to be reunited with their families abroad. who need to take up permanent residency…
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SAA Voyager Miles: what happens next?

With uncertainty over SAA’s future, and Voyager Miles redemptions suspended, both agents and Voyager members are unsure of what will happen to the Miles. Voyager members received communication on May 9, stating that there would be a temporary redemption restriction until July 31, which might be extended. Now, SAA business rescue practitioners (BRPs) Les Matuson and Siviwe Dongwana have told Travel…
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Emirates covers customers’ COVID-19 expenses

Emirates will cover medical expenses of up to €150 000 (R2,9m) and quarantine costs of €100 (R1 900) per day for 14 days, for passengers diagnosed with COVID-19 during their travel while they are away from home, according to a press release from the airline. This cover is offered free to its customers regardless of class…
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Airlink adjusts flight times

Airlink will adjust departure times for the Johannesburg-Cape Town and Johannesburg-Port Elizabeth routes from July 27, according to a communication sent to travel trade partners. The JNB-CPT service will depart at 07h10 and arrive in Cape Town at 09h20. The flight from Cape Town will depart at 07h20 and arrive in JNB at 09h25. On…
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Repatriates can now self-isolate

Travellers returning to South Africa following repatriation can apply to self-isolate at home, under certain conditions, instead of staying at state-allocated quarantine facilities. Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize, introduced the new directive in the Government Gazette of July 17. A written application must be submitted for approval to the Director General of Health 72 hours prior to the…
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Airlink’s back on Cape Town to George route

AIRLINK will re-introduce services between Cape Town and George starting Monday, July 27, following the opening of additional airports for domestic operations which was announced last week. Flights will depart from Cape Town at 15h40 and arrive at George at 16h35. The return flight from George will depart at 17h00 and land back in Cape Town at…
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Hong Kong restricts entry for South Africans

Hong Kong has introduced new restrictions for travellers from high-risk areas, including South Africa, effective from July 25, according to the HK government website. Following an increase in new COVID-19 cases, travellers from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal Pakistan, Philippines and South Africa will need to produce a negative test (conducted within 72 hours before departure)…
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