Home Affairs took to Twitter to confirm the reopening of more land ports, following their closures at the height of the COVID-19 second wave in the country.
The Department of Home Affairs took to Twitter on Monday, 15 February 2021, to confirm that additional land ports have reopened. The decision to close the majority of the country’s land ports was made at the height of the COVID-19 second wave, which was also exacerbated by the South African variant reportedly being more harmful than the initial variant.
Closing the land ports was a way to discourage cross-border travel, as flying was still permitted with certain limitations in place. However, the belief was that more precautionary measures could be be taken with flights, rather than with movement across borders.
The borders have now been reopened to allow movement between South Africa and neighbouring countries, such as Bostwana, Lesotho, Kingdom of eSwatini, Namibia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The Beitbridge Border has been the most contentious of the lot, as the closure highlighted the influx of believed foreign nationals that were looking to return to South Africa, some of which may have been illegal immigrants.
See the post below.
.@HomeAffairsSA Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has appealed to travellers to ensure that they have all the requisite travel documents, including valid #COVID19 tests, when they present themselves to officials at the country’s borders https://t.co/Hni2kyGdYx pic.twitter.com/bIUDbkilOQ
— @SAgovnews (@SAgovnews) February 15, 2021