Countries around the world are gradually reopening their borders, to attempt to salvage the summer tourism season. Greece just announced that it will welcome tourists from all over the world as soon as June 15; Portugal will reopen to travelers from the Schengen Area (except nearby Spain and Italy), as well as the US, Canada, and Brazil in June; and Iceland will reopen to travelers on June 15 with a free COVID-19 test on arrival. South Africa, however, is taking a much more cautious approach.
Level 3 of South Africa’s lockdown plan begins on June 1, allowing certain tourism-related businesses to reopen.
After a joint meeting of South Africa’s Department of Tourism, Portfolio Committee on Tourism, and the Select Committee on Trade and Industry, Economic Development, Small Business Development, Tourism, Employment and Labour, Africa News reported that domestic tourism isn’t slated to return to the country until December 2020, and international tourism won’t resume until February 2021.
A Tourism Recovery Plan is being drafted by the Portfolio Committee to help local economies endure a summer and fall without tourism.