South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced travellers who are fully vaccinated will no-longer need to do a PCR test as he specified in his speech on Sunday.
He further said that travellers entering South Africa would now need to present proof of full vaccination or a negative PCR test result if they were partially or non-vaccinated.
“These measures will take effect starting from tomorrow, Wednesday the 23rd of March 2022. Once the regulations are gazetted, almost all restrictions on social and economic activity will have been lifted,” President Ramaphosa said.
South African Airways (SAA) says the removal of PCR test requirements will help resuscitate the statistics of travel while also nudge economic reconstruction in both the tourism trade sectors.
On average, each PCR test costs about R500 and it can take anywhere from 24 to 72 hours to get the result.
The PCR test rule came along with other regulations pertaining to the national lockdown that followed the hit of the Covid19 pandemic that had a global effect, in South Africa starting in March 2020.
Laast week, the Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla had said the department was formulating new regulations to replace the National State of Disaster which lapsed on March 15 and whose Act permitted the lockdown restrictions for two years.