Travel Made Simple – Weekly Travel Update- 05Oct21
Welcome to October folks!
Things are opening and happening…here are some of the latest developments both from abroad as well as at home.
- Mauritius opened this week to much fan fare. The one issue that was coming up at airports when people were recently checking in was the mandatory Travel insurance. Please ensure that you have ample travel insurance and that it specifically states that it covers COVID-19. Passengers will be denied boarding if it doesn’t.
- This is a really useful link on all the relevant protocols when travelling to Mauritius https://mauritiusnow.com/
- The Guardian newspaper in the UK has said that South Africa could possibly be one of 9 nine countries to be taken off the UK’s red list. Should this happen it could be anywhere from next week to end of October…crossing fingers this happens sooner than later!
- TAT( Thailand Authority of Thailand) has finally opened its borders to South African’s based on its “sandbox” concept. This allows all vaccinated travellers to visit one island for 7 days before being able to travel around the rest of the country. These islands include Phuket, Surat Thani (Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, and Ko Tao), Phang-Nga (Khao Lak and Ko Yao), and Krabi (Ko Phi Phi, Ko Ngai and Railay Beach.
- The Daily Maverick has said that Uber will now be coming to some of our smaller towns in South Africa. The town includeRiders will be able to request a ride in Polokwane, Cape West Coast (Vredenburg, Saldanha, Langebaan), Mbombela (previously Nelspruit), Newcastle, Mthatha, Thohoyandou, Upington, Margate, Richards Bay, Welkom, Phuthaditjhaba, Ermelo, Queenstown, Garden Route (Mossel Bay, George, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay), Kimberley, Emalahleni, Middelburg, Worcester, Rustenburg, Potchefstroom and Klerksdorp. As i live in Knysna, this is fantastic news as well as for making getting around in smaller cities far easier and safer.
- Closer to home is the potential opening of Plettenberg airport which has been reported to a potential re-opening. Discussions are taking place between the various stake holders but this is a positive move forward in making access to the garden route more accessible.
Finally South Africa has finally launched its digital Vaccine passport to facilitate travel and access to various venues.
I trust you will have a great week ahead of you and look forward to many more positive updates in the weeks to follow.
Giles opened up Checkout Travel (Club Travel Fourways in those days) in 2003. He has travelled around the world, worked and operated in different facets of the travel industry and is passionate about researching and implementing new products and technologies. He completed his MBA in 2020 and is currently studying for an MA in Mindfulness. He is an avid cyclist, loves camping with his family and this adventure junkie’s best travel destination is South-East Asia. The next tick on his bucket list is to complete a journey across Bolivia’s remarkable salt flats. Giles heads up the sales and marketing of Checkout Travel.
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