SOUTH AFRICA OPEN FOR TOURISM & BAZ BUS SAFARIS NOW OPERATING

Dear Travelers,

Our president, Cyril Ramaphosa, announced on 11 November 2020 that ALL international travel is now allowed into South Africa subject to the traveller providing a valid certificate of a negative COVID-19 test which was obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of travel. In the event of the traveller’s failure to submit a certificate of proof of a negative test, the traveller will be required to quarantine him or herself at his or her own cost.

Resumption of operations:

Our SAFARI TOURS are now operating again! Tours depart daily.

Please check back to see when our HOP-ON HOP-OFF ; TRAVEL PASS ; CAPE PENINSULA DAY TOUR and TABLE MOUNTAIN HIKE will start again. As Covid-19 continues to disrupt operations we have unfortunately had to temporarily stop these. We hope the situation will improve and we will start soon. 

Cancellation Policy: 100% refund for any ticket purchased from 1 October 2020 to 31 January 2021. Cancellation can be made at any time before your trip commences.

Tickets purchased prior to October 2020 can be used any time in the future at no extra cost. For Safari tours; should you rebook your Kruger Park Safari for later in 2020 this can be done (Free of charge). However, if you intend travelling in 2021 (or later) you will have to pay the small price difference between the 2020 departure and 2021 departure.

Travellers allowed & Airports opened

International flights from all countries are now permitted into South Africa. Three international airports will open: OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg), Cape Town International Airport and King Shaka International Airport (Durban) – as well as 18 land borders.

Entry requirements in South Africa

  • Is a negative COVID-19 test required for entry? – YES, All passengers will be required to provide a valid certificate of a negative test which was obtained not more than 72 hours prior to departure.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? – YES, All passengers will undergo a temperature check. Any symptomatic passenger will be subject to additional testing and/or quarantine.
  • Are there any Contact Tracing measures in place? – YES all travellers will be asked to download the South Africa’s contact tracing alert app for the duration of their stay in the country. (no data is needed for the App)
  • Is there a compulsory quarantine when landing South Africa?  NO if the passenger fulfils the above requirement there is not mandatory quarantine. However, in the event of the traveller’s failure to submit a certificate as proof of a negative test or in case of symptoms at arrival, the traveller will be required to quarantine at his own costs.

Restrictions still in place in South Africa

To help minimize the spread, there is still some restrictions in place in the country:

  • Face masks are still required in all public spaces except when undertaking vigorous exercise.
  • A national curfew is in effect between midnight and 04h00.
  • Most gatherings are allowed at 50% of a venue’s capacity (250 px max indoor, 500 px max outdoor)
Hostel Staff screening temperature of tourist at arrival
Never @ Home Hostel Reception in Cape Town

What is open in South Africa at the moment?

Most tourist attractions and facilities have already reopened in South Africa. Accommodation, bars, restaurants, markets, shops and other tourism-based businesses are open, even though some might have capacity limits, restricted hours, and/or social distancing in effect.

South Africa is also well known, for its wide-open space, wildlife, nature and scenic outdoor and if you’re looking for a destination to avoid crowds, it’s the perfect place. All National Parks, Nature Reserves & Beaches have already reopened. You might even be treated to exceptional animal sightings as parks & reserves got quieter over the last months and animals became more comfortable on touristy roads. Check our safari tours here.

Most suppliers of activities across the country have implemented new health & safety protocols and are ready to welcome you for incredible adventures.  From Shark Cage Diving, to Bungy Jumping, Zip Lining or Kayaking, there is many, many things to do around the country.  

And of course, the iconic attractions of the country are also open: Table Mountain, Robben Island, Drakensberg Mountains, Kruger National Park, Wine Farms in the Winelands etc…

Safari Tour in Kruger National Park (c) Kellie Paxian

What is the current COVID-19 situation in South Africa?

The nation has recently flattened their curve after strict country-wide lockdowns and is now reporting their lowest new case numbers since May. However, the virus is still circulating and social distancing, hand washing, and other preventive measures still need to be followed to avoid a second wave.

Baz Bus Health & Safety protocols

The safety and well-being of our passengers, drivers, guides and staff is our utmost priority. Baz Bus has implemented new strict health & safety protocols to operate in times of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our protocols align with the latest Disaster Management and Department of Employment and Labour (DoEL) Regulations, the World Health Organisation (WHO), the National Institute for Communicable Disease (NICD), the Department of health (DoH) guidelines and advice, the Health & Safety Act, as well as the directions published by the Department of Tourism and the TBCSA.

With our protocol, we obtained the “Travel Safe – Eat Safe Certification” as well as the “World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) certification”.

You can download our full protocol here or read our main measures below:

  • We implemented enhanced cleaning and complete disinfection of buses during and after each trip. The deep cleaning process includes a comprehensive wipe down of all surfaces, door handles, seat belts, etc, with approved disinfectant solution, as well as spraying the inside of each bus and trailer before and after each trip.
  • All Baz Bus staff and customers are required to wear masks when in the bus or in the office. We regret that no eating or drinking will be allowed while on-board the bus. Instead we will extend the resting time at each rest stop.
  • A screening check will be conducted on all staff, drivers and guides before their shifts and each passenger will also be screened before boarding the bus. 
  • Hand sanitizer and disinfectant spray/wipes are available at the entrance of all buses and we require hand sanitising for staff and customers before entering the buses
  • We have now limited the number of passengers on our buses to 10. The seats next to the driver will not be in use and no more than 2 passengers are required to sit in each row with an empty seat or alley separating 2 persons. (except for family/friend group travelling together).
  • We will no longer be using the aircon in any of our buses and windows are to remain open in order to allow for an exchange of air.
  • Our drivers and guides are required to maintain a safe distance (no more high fives, handshakes and big hugs), this is just the new way of showing that they care.

So what are you waiting for? Book your next trip now without hesitation and start planning stress free! We can’t wait to drive you around our beautiful country again!

Last update: 19 November 2020

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