Earlier this week, South Africa’s Tourism industry was handed another gut-wrenching blow after the United States placed South Africa on their “Do not travel” list. US citizens have been warned against travelling to the country, which is currently experiencing the third wave of COVID-19 infections.
South Africa, along with a number of other countries, including Malawi and Botswana, had been placed on a Level 4 warning by the bureau of consular affairs. According to Business Insider, this is the highest alert level and is issued as a health and safety guideline for US citizens who are looking to travel abroad.
However, many have been left scratching their head as United Airlines, which is the only US airline currently operating direct flights to South Africa, has stated that they will continue flying.
“United is compliant with regulations in all of the countries it serves. Our daily nonstop service from Johannesburg to New York/Newark continues to operate,” an airline representative told Business Insider South Africa on Friday.
According to the online publication, the carrier conducted its inaugural flight from Newark to Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport on June 4. This comes after it postponed its return to South Africa for almost ten months as a result of the pandemic. Flights to Cape Town are expected to resume in November.