Covid Travel Restrictions Are Opening Up

It’s almost December and with this holiday season creeping in we begin to see more and more South Africans vaccinated and ready to travel.

We now have more opportunity to travel as restrictions are slowly uplifted and other countries are opening their borders for South African tourists once again. However, this begs the question of where exactly we can travel to now as not every country is willing to accept non-essential travel yet.

Travel is very important to a lot of people and although staycations as well as workcations are still very much so a trend, people have many reasons to travel internationally as well. Whether it be to visit family, explore the world, learn about different cultures and histories, or break away from the stresses of reality and societal norms. This has had us all guessing and searching for some reliable information about where exactly we can travel to freely once we have had the vaccine, as well as which ones are recognised per country.

Traffic light system and their meanings

Restrictions are still prevalent in most countries, but a lot have begun to budge on their previously stated restrictions against South Africans. This brings us to the traffic light system. You can now find out exactly where you are able to go through the link and within this article, we explain exactly how to use it effectively.

With the traffic light system map you can search any country you are currently in at the top, and it will show you everywhere you can go as well as the type of restrictions. This can range from low restrictions to major restrictions and everything else in between. It will tell you all about quarantine periods as well as medical certificates required, testing upon arrival, governmental measures, use of masks, public transport regulations and entertainment or shopping restrictions. They give updates daily and ensure that you can personally witness each country opening their doors to us and exactly how wide the doors are opening.

Some of the most sought-after travel spots and their restrictions

France has major restrictions, but this does not mean it’s out of bounds. If you click on France and view the details you will see that if you must travel for essential reasons or even for leisure it is possible. Travellers who present a valid international certificate for full vaccination against COVID-19 can enter the country without having to go through quarantine. However, you must ensure that you have gotten a vaccine that has been approved by the European Medicines Agency. These vaccines include the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson and Johnson. With the final dose needing to have been taken at least 14 days prior to departure.

Greece is another high in demand country and although it states that it is heavily restricted there is opportunity for the fully vaccinated travellers if they have had one of the approved vaccines. All traveller’s information for Greece can be found here.

One big in demand country is the United Kingdom. Unfortunately for South Africans and the rest of the world, excluding the Republic of Ireland, travel to the United Kingdom is not permitted.

After reading this blog piece you will know exactly how to decode these colour-coded restrictions and know that just because it’s red, does not mean you cannot enter the country at all.

How to find the right luggage and effectively clean it.

Keeping it clean is one of the most important things that you can do to keep you and your loved ones safe. You can view a video here, which demonstrates exactly how to clean the exterior.

To learn how to clean the interior you may view the video here. Learning to keep your luggage clean properly can also increase the luggage lifespan, thus decreasing post-consumer waste.

If you are thinking about which suitcase is the right one for you then here are some travel luggage tips and insights to follow. If you’re unsure of space you may view the following videos that will demonstrate exactly how to pack efficiently as well as how much you can fit in a large or a medium sized luggage piece.

Consider whether you would want or need to choose hard luggage or soft luggage. Hard luggage has extra protection for the items inside as airlines can often be rough with your luggage. It may also be better to get hard-sided if you are travelling internationally as the hard-sided is harder to break into. They also often come with an interior compression sleeve and have a TSA approved zipper lock to increase security.

Soft-sided offers less protection for what’s inside but it is still able to protect your items. It is a great option if you need added space as most soft-sided items can expand, therefore you could potentially pack more or overpack if going on a long road trip. It also often comes with better organisation due to the number of compartments situated on or in the luggage and some soft-sided items also come with TSA locks. Soft-sided is also better as a carry on as it has more compartments so you can have better organisation of essentials you may need to use either on or between flights. Another tip is to purchase stickers or a luggage tag to easily identify your luggage.

Our partner brands

Choose a luggage depending on your personal style. Between our partner brands and ourselves, we have the perfect luggage for you. 

If you are looking for luggage that is fun, youthful, and full of colour then American Tourister is for you. 

Lipault is for the fashion and trend conscious with their Lost in Berlin and Plume cabin ranges. 

If you’re an adventure junkie then Gregory Packs will have you covered. Whether you’re hiking, biking, or backpacking in a foreign country.