The Western Cape government is fighting national governments international travel restrictions, which were released last week. The current restrictions allow business travellers from high-risk countries to enter South Africa with a negative polymerise chain reaction (PCR) test, but not leisure travellers. The Western Cape Government is arguing that the regulations make no sense and is unfair.
Western Cape Provincial Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities David Maynier says that there is simply no greater risk for transmission of the Covid-19 virus based on the purpose of travel, and that the negative impact of continuing to limit the entry of leisure travellers to South Africa, especially from key source markets, is severe and extreme. Maynier has since written a letter to Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, detailing an alternative approach to safely open international travel in a way that avoids confusion and uncertainty.