South Africa's Home Office reopens its land borders
South Africa's Home Office reopens its land borders

The Ministry of the Interior of South Africa issued a new decision

Under the concern of the government in South Africa for the health of citizens, and due to the emergence of the second wave of the Coronavirus, all land crossings between countries were closed.

After the decrease in the number of people infected with Coronavirus, the Ministry of Interior issued an important decision to open international crossings between African countries, as South Africa reopened its main land borders with neighboring countries after being closed last month to prevent the spread of the Corona virus.

Interior Minister Aaron Mutswalidi, who will inspect the reopening of the Lebombo border post with Mozambique, said on Monday that South Africa is working with neighboring countries to ensure simpler movements of people.

Other border posts to be reopened include the Beitbridge border post with Zimbabwe and crossing points with Lesotho, Botswana, Namibia and Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland).

"We appeal to travelers to make sure they have all required travel documents, including valid COVID-19 tests, when they present themselves to officials at our borders," the Minister of the Interior of South Africa, Motswalidi said.

The Motswalide Anyone caught at a border point with a fake COVID-19 certificate will be banned from visiting South Africa for at least five years.

South Africa has seen a decrease in new cases of COVID-19, prompting the country to lift some of the stricter lockdown regulations such as closing land borders.

The advent of the new 501Y.V2 variant has hurt tourism in the country as some countries and airlines have restricted flights from South Africa.