"In preparation for the re-opening of our borders, South African missions overseas will open for visa applications and all long-term visas will be reinstated", Ramaphosa said.
Global travel in and out the country, for both business and leisure, will be allowed from 1 October.
- Health protocols, such as washing or sanitising of hands, social distancing and mask-wearing, will need to be strictly observed.
"If we do not allow (people from) certain countries to travel (here), there has to be a proper scientific, statistical explanation and modelling". Travellers will be limited to the three main airports and will be required to present a negative Covid-19 test done within 72 hours.
- Where a traveller has not done a Covid-19 test prior to departure, they will be required to remain in mandatory quarantine at their own cost.
The lockdown, one of the strictest in the world, dealt a severe blow to an already ailing economy and many livelihoods have been lost as a result.
"Although we have made remarkable progress, a number of our people are still getting infected and some are losing their lives", said Ramaphosa. "Our greatest challenge now - and our most important task - is to ensure that we do not experience a new surge in infections".
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