Industry Blog (Robusta)

Air Mauritius check-in guidelines

Air Mauritius has issued the following guidelines to ensure a smooth, timeous check-in: Proof of accommodation, private lodging, letter confirming address or invite or Hotel booking confirmation with name and dates Travel insurance indicating Covid cover Covid-19 Travel Insurance Passengers should ensure that their Mandatory Travel Insurance, mentions COVID-19 cover. Mauritius requires that the wording of […]

US plans to create a new system for international travel

White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, Jeff Zients, has revealed that the United States is working to create a system for international travel, which is expected to consist of contact tracing. This means that by creating such a system, the US authorities will have access to the Coronavirus and other personal data of the travellers in […]

Recording: UIF TERS Sector Appeal Applications

If you missed the UIF TERS Sector Appeal Applications webinar on 14 September 2021, or if you would like to listen to it again, please click here. If you’d like to access the Appeals Guide, please click here. To stay informed and up-to-date on the latest developments regarding UIF TERS, make sure to follow the Hettie Fourie […]

SA moves to adjusted lockdown alert level 2 – What you need to know

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced yesterday that South Africa’s lockdown regulations have been relaxed as the country has seen a decline in COVID-19 cases. From today, Monday 13 September, the country will move to lockdown level 2. Here is what you need to know about the easing of the adjusted level 2 regulations:  – The curfew will now start […]

ASATA optimistic about digital health certificate announcement

ASATA is optimistic about the recent announcement by Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla that South Africa would roll out digital vaccine certificates for vaccinated South Africans. The Minister announced that vaccinated South Africans would be able to upload their digital certificate on their smartphones and print their certificates if needed. “Recognising that a digital vaccination […]

Research on the impact of COVID-19 on the tourism industry

The Department of Tourism has contracted HS BUSINESS SOLUTIONS to conduct an impact evaluation of COVID-19 on the tourism sector. The evaluation aims to determine the extent to which tourism enterprises and workers in the tourism sector have been affected by restrictions due to the pandemic. Furthermore, the evaluation will assess the extent to which enterprises were […]

SAA set to take off on 23 September 2021 – here’s what you need to know

SAA has confirmed that it will reinstate commercial flight services from Thursday, 23 September.  Interim CEO Thomas Kgokolo said: “After months of diligent work, we are delighted that SAA is resuming service, and we look forward to welcoming on board our loyal passengers and flying the South African flag. We continue to be a safe carrier and adhering to […]

SA’s Vaccine Programme: Let’s keep the momentum going to facilitate travel

By Otto De Vries, ASATA CEO After a slow and challenging start, South Africa’s vaccine roll-out is finally picking up speed. The 35- to 49-year-old age group reacted positively to the news that they could finally get their jabs – with over a million candidates registering in one weekend. The 18+ age group will soon […]

Invitation: ASATA AGM – 18 August 2021

ASATA will hold its Annual General Meeting on the 18th of August 2021 via a virtual Zoom Meeting.  Details of the AGM:   Date:     18 August 2021Time:     09h30 – 10h30RSVP: Click here to register.   Please find below links to the attachments for your attention: Agenda Constitutional Requirement for Proceedings at General Meeting Minutes of the previous meeting Proxy form Motions (Proposed changes […]

Adjusted Level 3 – Leisure travel to and from Gauteng travel reopens

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a number of changes to lockdown regulations on 25 July 2021, including the reopening of inter-provincial travel for leisure, meaning that after 28 days of closed borders, residents in Gauteng can once again move between provinces.  The President announced that while some restrictions can be relaxed due to satisfactory declines in daily COVID-19 infection […]

UIF to start paying COVID-19 TERS benefits directly to workers

The Minister of Employment and Labour, Thulas Nxesi, on 16 July signed the Direction which will make it possible for the Unemployment Insurance Fund(UIF) to implement a third extension of the COVID-19 TERS benefit. This means that the UIF will open the system for applications from 19 July 2021 and commence payments from 26 July 2021. […]

Sho’t Left Travel Week webinar

Sho’t Left Travel Week, the Great South African Sale is coming! Understanding that your business has been impacted and has experienced difficulties and challenges over the last year, South African Tourism is bringing back Sho’t Left Travel Week, the annual tourism sale that offers South Africans up to 50% off when they book between 6 […]