Traveling abroad during the festive season might be tempting, but South Africans have been warned against leaving the country as a second wave of global Covid-19 infections is on the rise.
The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Naledi Pandor said South Africans who travel abroad will be travelling at their own risk.
"Countries in the northern hemisphere are encountering a second wave of the pandemic. South Africans should be cautious in traveling to these countries as you may become distressed or even destitute abroad, depending on the levels of lockdown in the respective country and with the likelihood of international flights that might be cancelled at short notice." said Minister Pandor.
"Please do be aware that if you do travel, you travel at your own risk to these countries knowing the current circumstances and the uncertainty associated with that. Please ensure that you are familiar with the immigration and health entry requirements of the country you will visit, and South Africa's entry health requirements during the pandemic"
She said the department is aware of fears that rich countries could block developing countries from receiving the vaccine.
“Vaccine nationalism is a very real threat as it will create supply problems to poorer countries thereby denying their citizens access to life-saving vaccines,” the Minister said.
Minister Pandor said the African Union Commission and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be doing their best to ensure that developing countries have access to the vaccine.
“Defeating this virus still requires countries to collaborate and to work with multilateral institutions to ensure that all people access the required health and medical interventions and that they benefit from economic and social measures required for a sustained response to the pandemic,” she said.
The African Union has developed a vaccine strategy for Africa to ensure that the vaccine is made available to all Africans.
“Building on the call made by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the African Union has also called for a comprehensive economic stimulus package for Africa and the suspension of interest payments on Africa’s external and public debt.”