Johannesburg- Lindiwe Sisulu, the Tourism Minister, has applauded the European Union’s easing of travel prohibitions to Southern Africa (EU).

On Monday, EU member states agreed to ease travel limitations imposed following the emergence of the Covid-19 Omicron version.

The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) disclosed the variation in November 2020, prompting numerous nations across the world – including several in Africa – to close their borders to the area.

“While these initiatives are commendable, they come after the height of the tourist season and in the aftermath of over R1 billion in cancelled bookings as a result of the re-imposition of travel prohibitions in late November.” “We welcome EU tourists to our nation and ensure them of their safety,” Sisulu stated.

The Minister noted that the business used a multi-stakeholder strategy to lobby for the easing of the travel prohibitions.

“This is the result of years of campaigning and work on the part of all tourism stakeholders.” The war room that we created is producing results. “Let us continue to work together to revitalize our business,” Sisulu stated.

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The removal of the prohibition comes at least two weeks after US President Joe Biden declared that travel limitations to Southern Africa are “no longer required,” citing progress made by experts in that region in comprehending the Omicron form.