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Nonessential travel to South Africa suspended

Nonessential travel to South Africa suspended

Niël Terblanché


THE Namibian Government has suspended all nonessential travel to South Africa for a month.


A senior immigration official of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security confirmed that travelling for business and tourism purposes has been suspended until 15 February or until such time that the South African Government changes its immigration policies.


The South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa at the start of last week announced that the country will close 20 of its border posts to minimize the movement of people into or out of the country.


Essential goods are, however still allowed through to ensure that landlocked countries do not run out of food and essential supplies.
Namibia’s immigration suspended the crossing for business or leisure travel as a result.


However, people with student visas, employment visas, permanent residency status in South Africa, and South Africans wishing to return home will still be allowed to cross borders. People with medical emergencies or that has to undergo lifesaving medical treatment or surgical procedures will also be allowed to cross the border.


South Africa is still experiencing a sharp increase in new COVID-19 infections and deaths the government will review the current measures between now and 15 February 2021 when new measures are expected to be announced.


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