The Flight Centre Travel Group has welcomed the tourism regulations announced Friday 26 June 2020 permitting intra-provincial domestic leisure travel. The regulations allow for intra-provincial leisure travel only, with overnight stays in formally accredited and licensed accommodation with strict health protocols in place.
Travel within a province is permitted for leisure purposes for activities allowed under Alert Level 3, for example, golf, hiking and visiting a casino, restaurant or game reserve.
Home-sharing accommodation, such as Airbnb, and domestic air travel for leisure purposes is not allowed.
In his presidential address on 17 June, President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed that leisure travel will be phased in gradually as the government aims to open more sectors in order to save jobs and enable more businesses to trade.
“The Flight Centre Travel Group welcomes the clarification around intra-provincial leisure travel,” says Andrew Stark, Managing Director Flight Centre Travel Group Middle East and Africa. “The Government has recognised the importance of the travel and tourism industry opening sooner rather than later, under strict health and safety measures, to stimulate our ailing economy.”
“With the phased reopening of business travel, we have assisted our corporate clients with their essential business travel needs. Allowing leisure travellers the opportunity to travel within their province is a positive move in the right direction.”
Stark hopes that the new regulations will encourage South Africans to start travelling again, while abiding to strict health and safety protocols and complying with government restrictions. The Flight Centre Travel Group is focusing strongly on domestic travel, South Africa for South Africans, for the next two years.
All international passenger flights remain prohibited, except those flights authorised by the Minister of Transport.