The government of South Africa is pondering over reopening the borders in September. To ensure the complete safety of international travel agents and travelers TBCSA (the Tourism Business Council of South Africa) is planning to strengthen the safety measures while keeping social distancing norms in mind.
On this, TBCSA’s Board Chairperson, Blacky Komani said- “The protocols have gone through a rigorous process. I’m proud to be part of this country. As South Africa, we are ready to receive tourists and do what we do best, which is to take care of them when they arrive.”
To this, South Africa Tourism CEO Sisa Ntshona agreed and said- “This move is largely thanks to the sector’s proactive initiatives to de-risk itself. In this regard, the sector is taking the necessary steps to embed evidence-based health and safety measures at all touchpoints in the tourism value chain. This will go a long way in laying a foundation for a stronger and sustainable tourism sector.”
“It goes without saying that health and safety will be top of mind whether we are visiting a local park, attending a conference, going on vacation, boarding a flight, or staying at a hotel. The need for such reassurance underpins the case for sectorwide health and safety protocols and standards in order to boost traveler confidence.” He added.
Considering the present pandemic circumstances, all the airports in South Africa have been installed with touchless machines asking passengers to scan their boarding passes to proceed. To minimize the physical contact between passengers and airport staff, travelers will be asked to remove electronic or metal items and keep them on a tray at the security checkpoints.
To maintain hygiene and social distance at the airport cafeteria, solo travelers will not be allowed to share dining tables with other passengers. The officials will be minimizing the number of people on a game drive vehicle to maintain social distancing. If the travelers feel unwell, isolation suites have been constructed temporarily to conduct COVID-19 tests on the spot.
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