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South Africa to open up for international travel from Oct. 1, says President

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday the country would open its international borders selectively for travel and tourism from Oct. 1, bringing much needed relief to a sector largely dependent on high-spending foreign tourists.

The easing of travel restrictions is part of the President’s announcement to shift the country to the lowest level of coronavirus lockdown in a five level system from September 21.

“We will be allowing travel into and out of South Africa for business, leisure and other travel with effect from 1 October 2020,” the President said in a televised address.

Travel may be restricted to and from countries that have high infection rates and based on the travellers meeting certain conditions, he added.

The announcement comes after six months of imposing one of the strictest lockdowns in the world which hit the continent’s most industrialised nation hard, setting its economy back

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Am I allowed to visit, are hotels and restaurants open and what rules are in place?

Many museums, not just the Louvre, have been looking for ways to adopt virtual reality: Getty
Many museums, not just the Louvre, have been looking for ways to adopt virtual reality: Getty

As tentative signs start to emerge of a revival for the travel industry, our minds are turning to potential holiday destinations for this summer.

France, as our closest neighbour barring Ireland, makes sense for a first international sojourn.

But can British holidaymakers get there? And will we be welcome if we go?

Here’s everything you need to know.

Am I allowed to travel to France from the UK?

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued a blanket warning against all non-essential international travel in March, but this has now been lifted for more than 80 destinations.

France was on this list, meaning Britons can now visit there without invalidating their travel insurance.

How could I get there?

There are several ways of hopping the Channel. The most obvious one is the Eurostar,

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Travel via the open road rather than the friendly skies

There are a lot of new normals on the PGA Tour these days, from nasal swabs to no fans or grandstands and to the missing post-victory embrace greenside with wife or girlfriend. Welcome to pro golf in the COVID-19 era.

But there’s been another, perhaps unexpected, new normal that actually isn’t so new at all: Driving from one tournament to the next.

At least that’s what C.T. Pan and his wife, Yingchun Lin, are doing, eschewing plush but pricey private jet travel as well as the tour’s more affordable but also more crowded weekly charter flight (another new normal) for the open road.

“Before we bought the RV we searched out the routes between tournaments,” Pan said. “It’s not that bad.”

That depends on one’s definition.

The trip from Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, where the tour resumed its season last week after three months off, to this week’s

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