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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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States prepare for open borders

To stay abreast of the changing travel and tourism landscape, we bring you ongoing updates on which countries have announced the reopening of their borders, and when. July 10-16 Kenya announced a phased reopening of the country, including the resumption of international flights from August 1. Domestic flights will resume on July 15. The Seychelles will open its…
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CITY LODGE HOTEL GROUP LAUNCHES NEW AMENITIES RANGE MINUS SINGLE-USE PLASTIC

The City Lodge Hotel Group (CLHG) has been working hard behind the scenes to strip out single-use plastic from guest bedrooms. In a bold move, the group, together with its South African supplier The Bespoke Amenities Company (TBAC), is launching an all-new range of bathroom amenities, including a Zero Bar. These will be available across…
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UK visas resume

The TLS Visa Application Centre in Johannesburg will reopen on July 13 as part of the phased resumption of services by UK Visas & Immigration, according to the TLS website. The centre will be open only on Mondays and Wednesdays for biometrics. The TLS online appointment booking table is now open for new applications, and…
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UK drops quarantine, but not for SA visitors

The UK will ease quarantine restrictions for 59 countries – excluding South Africa – from July 10, according to a list published by the UK government. Travellers arriving in the UK from the listed countries will no longer be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine period, which also means that British visitors to these countries will not…
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SANParks: No overnight stays

South African National Parks (SANParks) has advised customers that it is not open for overnight accommodation under Level 3 lockdown regulations on leisure and interprovincial travel. Despite having announced on June 19 that it was preparing to recall hospitality staff for a phased-in approach for the reopening of its overnight facilities, SANParks has suspended all overnight bookings…
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Fedhasa – “Accommodation is open for all purposes”

Fedhasa (Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa) has clarified its position on Advanced Level 3 lockdown measures for leisure travel in South Africa. “Fedhasa’s stance on this matter is that of the TBCSA (Tourism Business Council of South Africa). As per the regulations, intra-provincial [within province] travel is allowed. Accommodation is open for all purposes,…
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Global safety stamp for Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch in the Western Cape is the first destination in sub-Saharan Africa to be awarded the Safe Travels Stamp by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). The accolade recognises the town’s “quick and rigorous adoption” of recommended hygiene and sanitary measures. “We’ve been working to align Visit Stellenbosch’s tourism business protocols with global standards,…
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WTTC declares Mauritius safe

The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has acknowledged the efforts undertaken by the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority and given the country the global safety and hygiene stamp. It is the only African country among the 17 countries that have received the WTTC’s Safe Travels stamp. The organisation, which represents the global travel and tourism private…
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SAA delays domestic op

SAA will not resume domestic operations next week as previously communicated by the airline. The airline sent out a statement to the trade, which was confirmed by Louise Brugman, spokesperson for the business rescue practitioners, saying it would re-accommodate passengers booked on the Johannesburg to Cape Town route – which was set to commence from June…
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