South Africa is in a state of restrictive precautions following the growing concern of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, with President Cyril Ramaphosa announcing some new measures to help curb the spread of the virus.
According to Ramaphosa’s press conference on Sunday, 15th March, the new restrictions in place are the following:
- Travel bans on individuals from high-risk countries, including Italy, Iran, South Korea, China, Spain, Germany, the UK, and the US.
- South Africa will stop issuing visas to visitors from certain high-risk countries, and revoke visas which have already been issued.
- South Africans are advised to avoid travelling to or through Europe, the US, the UK, Iran, South Korea and China.
- Foreign nationals from high-risk countries will be denied an entry visa to South Africa.
- South Africans who are returning from high-risk countries will be required to undergo testing and self-isolation.
- Non-essential government travel overseas will be curtailed.
- Non-essential local travel must be curtailed.
- Gatherings of more than 100 people will be prohibited.
- Large government events will be cancelled.
- Schools will be closed from 18 March 2020 until after the Easter holidays.
- 35 land ports will be shut down from Monday.
Find out more about the Coronavirus in South Africa, and check out some tips on how to stay hygienic and avoid getting sick this season!.