- Some South Africans itching to shake off the travel bug may well be in luck
- There has been some confusion over the Level 3 lockdown regulations, with a loophole exposed allowing for intra-provincial travel
- While inter-provincial travel remains off the cards amid the pandemic, Mzansi seems free to explore their own province
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South Africans may be pleased to know that, despite what was announced by Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, intra-provincial travel seems on the cards amid Level 3 lockdown.
Key tourism players are adamant that the minister has failed to grasp what both President Cyril Ramaphosa and the gazetted laws say over the matter.
The laws, reports Tourism Update, do allow for 'intra-provincial travel on the grounds of leisure purposes'.
Neil Emerick, director of NightsBridge, has made it publicly known that the gazetted laws do not forbid hotels and guest houses from reopening, as long as guests are based in the same province as their destination.
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The law prohibits non-accredited accommodation 'such as private homes for paid leisure accommodation'. Essentially this gives all hotels and guest houses the green light to open, reports The South African.
South Africa is Travel Ready, a lobby group, has also announced that the laws do not prohibit intra-provincial travel:
“The regulations issued on Friday outline specific economic exclusions, including short-term home-sharing, letting, rental for leisure purposes and, for now, domestic air journeys for leisure. There are no exclusions outlined for intra-provincial domestic leisure overnight stays in accredited, licensed accommodation”.
Briefly.co.za reported that travelling accross provincial lines, for example from the Western to the Eastern Cape, remains prohibited with the exception of certain circumstances such as funerals.
However, it now seems as if a Mpumalanga resident is freely allowed to travel to the Kruger National Park and book a room for the evening.
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