We have all been waiting for this list… if your country is ON this list, you CANNOT for the moment travel to South Africa and South African citizens cannot visit.
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1. Dominican Republic
3. Faroe Islands
5. French Polynesia
34. North Macedonia
41. Puerto Rico
45. San Marino
46. St Marteen
51. Trinidad and Tobago
52. Turks and Caicos Islands
54. United Kingdom
55. United States of America
56. US Virgin Islands
Sooooo…. With the international borders opening tomorrow 1 October in South Africa…. EVERYONE will need what I am terming a “Health Visa” – a negative PCR Covid 19 Test. PCR stands for Polymerase Chain Reaction – big words all you need to know is that this is a medical testing method don’t freak out when you hear PCR testing.
Where can you get this done?
In South Africa it costs ZAR850.00 per test
Need to know
The test needs to be done 72 hours before you travel
You will need to make an appointment.
You will need to provide your passport details: name, expiry date, passport number
TALENT LIVES HERE
So…. There’s a million and one reasons why Africa is just awesome…. One of these is that there is so much talent, mostly undiscovered, right under our noses.
Hang in there… I am going somewhere with this… a few blogs ago, we featured a photographer, Holmes Awa, and his incredible photographs that captured the city of Cape Town. Holmes is now based in Lagos, Nigeria and continues to take incredible photographs. Today while rushing to a meeting in the city, I stumbled upon 136 Bree Street.
Specifically, a beautiful little coffee shop: The Ladder. YES! Another coffee shop… but this one piqued my interest, because the coffee shop section seemed tiny, and I was curious about what lay beyond the front bit! And of course, I HAD to find out!! The Ladder offers coffee, a gallery and a studio!! Here, one can learn how to create stained glass artwork, among other things…. But on 1 October, with FIRST THURSDAY taking place in the city centre, there will be an art exhibition by new talent!!
I went upstairs, following my curious nose to see what was there…. There was excited chatter, and giggles. And I was lucky enough to meet the artist. Attie Esterhuizen: a musician, born and currently residing in Cape Town, raised in the world: Paris, Boston, Michigan… he draws his inspiration from the colours around him! His first love and outlet for his talent is music, he writes, he composes, he sings!!… but in 2020…. The Year of Covid (as we shall forever refer to it)…. The music went silent for a while. But that doesn’t mean the artist in Attie went to sleep… on the contrary, the artist found an outlet! In his words, I wanted to EAT colour- in the quiet and the madness, I saw flowers everywhere, flowers in all shapes and with VIBRANT colour!
Inspiration came from everywhere: the healthcare workers he heard so much about during these covid times, his mother – a world renowned chef; beauty in men and women he has met. His art is the embodiment of happiness. Something we are in short supply of at the moment.
FIRST THURSDAY is back…. Be careful, mask on, sanitise away, and go support our artists, mixologists and restaurateurs.
On 16 September 2020, the lockdown that government had imposed on South African citizens ended…. Well, not on the actual day, on that day, an announcement was made that the lock down is ending. My feelings, joy! Relief! Excitement at the thought of travel…. And then: fear! We may have reached level 1, which gives us a lot more independence and freedom, but, somebody, please give this virus the memo that it needs to JUST. GO. AWAY!!!!!
We have news that in Europe the numbers are increasing everyday, in Israel the government has taken the decision to go back to a hard lockdown. This is going backwards, not forwards in any way!! But I take courage and hope from President Cyril Ramaphosa “Even as restrictions have eased over the last month with our move to alert level 2, there has been a gradual, but steady, decline in new infections, hospitalisations and deaths.”
So, even, as we in SA are rejoicing, (and I am jubilant! It gives me a chance to rebuild my travel business, to carry on directly supporting 6 families, and indirectly, a countless number), I am cautiously optimistic!
I want SA to start welcoming visitors, I want the freedom for everyone to move to and from the country, I want to go back to exploring the country and the continent, but I urge that everyone doing so is cautious. The face of travel has forever been changed. It will never be the same again. This is a new version of 9/11. After 9/11, every airport, every border crossing was on high alert, very high alert, and the fun of travel was almost taken away from the equation of travel… roll on to 2020… I think initially it will be the people stranded in parts they don’t want to be in that will begin to travel, and then the ones who have truly missed their loved ones and have been separated from them for these last 5 months. Whatever the case, we will need to recognise that the face of travel has changed forever.
So… we want you to travel, we NEED you to travel, it will kick start the economy, it will help put food on the tables of many homes, but we ask that you back patience in your luggage (along with face masks and hand sanitiser): the sanitising, checking and rechecking of documents, maintaining physical and social distancing, corona testing will surely take its toll on some people, but, if you remember to be patient, if you remember that a few months ago in Spain and Italy there was a major shortage of ventilators and our television screens were filled with desperately sad images of exhausted, overwhelmed health care workers, if you remember that we still do not have a proven working vaccination, if you remember that immigration, and customs officials and security and janitors working at airports are all working in the realm of a new strange “normal”, then travel will be pleasant again, or at least half way bearable. As usual with travel, on the other end awaits: love, adventure, home, treasures, dreams…. So, dust out your passport, prepare for the new normal, and get ready to TRAVEL in the year 2020!!
With love and hope,
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