South Africa further relaxes restrictions with declining COVID-19 cases

After a steady decline in COVID-19 cases, restrictions on people’s movements and gatherings have eased in South Africa. Lockdown restrictions have eased to allow for larger gatherings, longer trading hours for alcohol sales, and an extended curfew. Inter-provincial travel for leisure has resumed, and restaurants, taverns, bars and fitness centers are open.

In an exciting new move, the Biden administration has decided to allow vaccinated travelers, including those from South Africa, to enter the US beginning in early November. Prior to travel, passengers must show proof of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test, and the correct visa. A spokesperson for Delta Air Lines said “Science tells us that vaccinations coupled with testing is the safest way to reopen travel and we are optimistic this important decision will allow for continued economic recovery both in the US and abroad, and the reunification of families who have been separated for more than 18 months”.