By Daniel Itai, Johannesburg, South Africa
CEO of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa, Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa, has called upon government to do away with the COVID-19 high risk countries list which determines which country is allowed to enter the country as per that country’s COVID-19 cases.
Most of the countries that make up the bulk of the southern African country’s annual tourists have been barred from coming into South Africa due to their high rate of COVID-19 infections.
However, this has not turned well with some members of the tourism sector citing risk of losing revenue and other economic repercussions.
“The list of high risk countries should be done away with since everyone coming into the country is supposed to be tested 72 hours prior to their arrival.
Moreso, we are certain that we are going to have a small number of tourists this year and those tourists should be allowed to come so that we can be certain of what’s to come for the next 6 months and the future,” said Tshivhengwa.