Why Ireland stopped free visa travel for South Africans

By Travel Reporter Mar 18, 2021

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Ireland’s Minister for Justice Helen McEntee has extended the ban on visa-free travel to Ireland from South Africa due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In the past, South African travellers were able to visit Ireland without a visa to enjoy attractions like The Cliffs of Moher and Kylemore Abbey.

However, Ireland implemented a ban on visa travel to South Africa as well as countries like Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and Chile, to name but a few, earlier this year due to the new Covid-19 strain.


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Ireland stops visa-free travel for South Africans ‘indefinitely’

The Irish government has extended its visa-free travel ban for South Africa and some South American countries due to concerns around Coivd-19.

Answering parliamentary questions, Ireland’s minister of Justice Helen McEntee said that the ban will be extended ‘until it is no longer needed for public health reasons’, the Irish Times reported.

The measures are designed to support current public health restrictions on movement – including into and out of Ireland – and the decision to introduce the ban was made based on expert public health advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team, McEntee said.

“The strong advice is

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UK’s updated ‘red list’ for travel causes more headaches for South Africans

The United Kingdom has added Ethiopia, Oman, Somalia and Qatar to its travel ‘red list’, to protect the country against new variants of Covid-19.

While South Africa remains on the original red list of countries, the update will cause additional headaches for travellers who were planning to fly to the UK indirectly through a connecting flight.

A BusinessTech reader indicated that he had to cancel his flight to the UK, which connected through Doha in Qatar, due to the new restrictions.

Visitors who have departed from or transited through these countries in the previous 10 days will be refused entry

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