- Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has told tourists from high-risk countries not to come to South Africa
- Those who attempt to enter the country will find themselves in a pickle as they won't be allowed in
- This comes as a number of regulations were put into place amid the coronavirus pandemic
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula's message to people from high-risk countries in the face of a coronavirus pandemic is crystal clear.
Mbalula warned them not to bother attempting to enter South Africa, saying that:
“We are equally emphasizing, don't come to South Africa, we will not come to you."
Friday saw 20 flights grounded at the country's international airports, with the regulations seeing non-citizens from China, Iran, Italy, Germany and other high-risk countries turned away.
Mpumi Mpofu, Airport Companies SA chief executive, revealed that flights ranged from SAA, British Airways, Air China and other international carriers.
Grounded flights were carrying foreign passengers who were barred from entering SA, with locals allowed to disembark.
Citizens who entered the country were screened and placed under quarantine to help limit the spread of the virus.
Mbalula explained that local airports were still open clarifying that the ban would see foreigners turned away:
“It means South Africans who come from those countries will be allowed to disembark. In terms of the regulations, people from high-risk countries will not be allowed to disembark. If the need arises for a total ban of the airports and the aircraft, we will announce that."
Mpufi explained that citizens from countries that weren't high-risk would still be allowed to enter South Africa:
“The countries at high-risk are only part of the business of airports. Those countries which are not high-risk we will continue to receive aircraft. The situation requires us to react to whatever challenge. ACSA is satisfied with cooperation with partners at other departments."
Mbalula urged Mzansi to cease any unnecessary travel both locally and overseas, reports IOL:
“Stop this unnecessary travelling. Stay where you are and socialise in your surroundings, we have to lessen the movement… This virus is not stopping, it is increasing, the Department of Health is doing a marvellous job and we must complement that."
Briefly.co.za reported that a cruise ship carrying most German citizens had been held in Cape Town, with the country prompted to send chartered aircraft to collect passengers and return them home.
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