South African traveller’s dreams are becoming more and more realistic after numerous countries have announced the reopening of travel to our previously ‘locked away’ country following our Omnicron variant detection.
Germany for one is opening up to South Africa as of tomorrow, January 4. SA got booted off the list of ‘virus variant areas’ and is now considered a mere ‘high-risk area’. Those who were looking to tick Germany off their adventure lists before we were were given the hard ‘no’, can happily uncrumple the paper of previously thrashed dreams.
Travel before the reopening has been limited to German citizens, legal residents and members of their immediate families.
And, even better news for some is that local travellers will be allowed into the country without needing to quarantine, as BusinessInsider reports. However, this only applies if one can prove their COVID-19 vaccination or recovery status.
Joining the party of travel freedom is Botswana Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
Entry requirements and further details:
- “High-risk areas” travellers will have to complete a digital entry registration, which requires details including vaccination status, a negative COVID-19 test result, flight details and itinerary.
- All travellers over the age of six need to carry proof of their COVID-19 status when entering Germany, which includes a negative PCR test result, proof of vaccination or of recovery.
- The PCR test result needs to be obtained within 72 hours before arrival.
- A positive PCR test result carried out at least 28 days but no more than six months previously can be used as proof of recovery from Covid-19
- In terms of quarantine, those who will need to quarantine will have to do so for 10 days.
- For more information look here.