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PCR Covid-19 Test Is Dropped In South Africa

For passengers who are completely vaccinated, South Africa has removed the requirement that they present a negative PCR Covid-19 test in order to enter the country.

Visitors who have not been vaccinated will still be required to provide a negative PCR test that is “not more than 72 hours old” to obtain access, according to President Cyril Ramaphosa, who announced the new guidelines on Wednesday (23 March).

He went on to say that “any unvaccinated tourists entering the country who choose to be vaccinated would be provided a vaccine,” during a national speech delivered on Tuesday. It was once required of all travelers entering South Africa that they have a negative PCR test performed on them.

Ramaphosa also proposed modifications to South Africa’s domestic Covid policy, with vaccinated persons or those who have tested negative being allowed back into athletic venues and music and theatrical performances that are only half-full instead of the full capacity.

The need to wear a face mask in public outdoor locations has also been repealed, however it will continue to be required in public inside spaces. “We have reached a tipping point in history. In his words, “We are now prepared to go into a new phase in our handling of the epidemic.”

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