Pandor warns SA: High risk of getting stuck overseas due to Covid-19

Pandor warns SA: High risk of getting stuck overseas due to Covid-19

- Minister Naledi Pandor has issued a warning to South Africans with plans to travel abroad this December

- Citizens were cautioned against travelling overseas, pointing out that numerous Northern Hemisphere regions are currently experiencing a second wave

- Those with overseas holidays planned were asked to consider postponing non-essential travel amid warnings of potentially getting stuck abroad

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Citizens with travel plans abroad this December were asked by International Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor to take extra precautions.

Travellers were told that many Northern countries are 'encountering a second wave' and asked to consider postponing non-essential travel to these high-risk regions.

"South Africans should be cautious in travelling to these countries as you might become distressed or even destitute abroad pending the levels of lockdown in the respective countries and with the likelihood of international flights that might be cancelled at short notice."
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Pandor warned travellers that becoming stuck abroad is a risk amid the pandemic. Image: GovernmentZA/ Flickr
Source: UGC

Pandor made it clear that international travel is 'at your own risk' in light of the obvious policy uncertainty.

The Minister urged citizens to ensure they are familiar with the immigration and health entry requirements of their intended destinations.

Pandor pointed out that uncertain citizens could approach the relevant embassy for any assistance needed.

The Minister stressed the importance of international travellers to ensure they are aware of the Covid-19 protocols of the regions they intend to visit:

"Know the Covid-19 protocols of the country you intend visiting and should you not comply, you might be refused entry. Although not yet common, many airlines will likely require proof of Covid-19 vaccinations before commencing travel. Currently, a Covid-19 test is compulsory."

Earlier, reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to address South Africa on the pandemic on Monday evening.

Ramaphosa will be announcing further measures the government intends to deploy in a bid to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

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This comes after Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced that SA has officially begun recording spikes in infections in line with a second wave.

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