The South African government is offering a new type of visa to those travellers locked out of the country by COVID-19 restrictions.

International visitors from countries including the UK, whether listed in the high-risk category or not, will be allowed into the country. They must however stay for a minimum of three months.

The move is in recognition that regular visitors, mainly from European countries, usually visit South Africa for long periods during the northern hemisphere winter. Many of them are homeowners and make a “significant economic contribution” during their stay.

All international travellers will still be required to present a COVID-19 free certificate dated no later than 72 hours within their date of arrival or quarantine on arrival.