South African tourism bosses are angry at the department of Home Affairs’ new travel rule that says travellers from Germany may not enter the country without visa any any longer.
They have made urgent calls for Home Affairs to address the travel issue quickly.
It was highlighted this new bureaucratic hiccup will affect travellers from Germany to South Africa and may slow down the tourism industry’s hope of recovery from a hard lockdown.
Hitherto, Germans were allowed to enter the country for 90 days without visas but not visas are required.
Home Affairs could not be reached for comment despite repeated attempts.
Mayco member for economic opportunities James Vos described the situation as “a sorry state of affairs” as Germany is one of Cape Town’s biggest inbound tourism markets.
Emirates has cancelled all international flights to South Africa with immediate effect. The cancellation is due to Cogta regulations announced this week that treat airline crew the same as passengers.
Anne Görgmeier was on a flight to Cape Town when the visa rules suddenly changed. The German national was hoping to return following the limited reopening of the country’s borders.