The safety concern by the United States to South Africa, stems from the persistent prevalent and seemingly unwinnable war against COVID-19 Virus. This is exacerbated by its mutated virus, the 501Y-V2 which is internationally known as South African Virus.
According to reports, The 'No go' declaration came as a result of high prevalent of the Corona Virus as compared to other countries like the US. Some Health Experts in South Africa, have suggested that the death toll due to the virus could be three times the official reported figure. (Opinion)
Due to the likelihood of being infected, the US Department of States has strongly recommended that US Citizens reconsider all travel abroad for a number of countries including South Africa.
The restrictions by US are based on the current health situation in a Country. This depends on reports from Center for Disease Control and Prevention as well as existing Epidemiological Assessments.
On April 20, 2021 the US warned its Citizens not to travel to South Africa due to COVID-19 as the Country has received a Level 4 warning.
The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for South Africa due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of the Virus in South Africa.
Other issues of concern by other Countries to South Africa are the seemingly uncontrollable situation of crime:
1. Violent Crimes.
2. Armed Robbery.
6. Smash and Grab Attacks on Vehicles.
A number of Countries have also indicated that travellers from South Africa will be barred from entering. This is a sign that the Country could be facing reputational damage due to the 501Y-V2 Variant of COVID-19
There are currently no restrictions on domestic travel in South Africa.
Sources: BUSINESSTECH: April 21, 2021
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