LETTER: Costly tests restrict regional travel

2021-12-07 02:28:00 AM

LETTER: Costly tests restrict regional travel

LETTER: Costly tests restrict regional travel

Why insist on expensive tests to cross land borders when our neighbours have similar rates of Covid-19?

Healthcare workers test people for Covid-19 in Alexandra. Picture: THULANI MBELEWe complain about the ban on travellers from SA imposed due to the discovery of the Omicron variant, but what about regional travel between SA and our neighbouring countries?

We all have similar rates of Covid-19. Why insist on expensive tests to cross these land borders? It is a restrictive moneymaking scheme. If SA allowed free access to our neighbours (maybe with a vaccination certificate) they would hopefully reciprocate.

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Picture: THULANI MBELE We complain about the ban on travellers from SA imposed due to the discovery of the Omicron variant, but what about regional travel between SA and our neighbouring countries? We all have similar rates of Covid-19. Why insist on expensive tests to cross these land borders? It is a restrictive moneymaking scheme. I am therefore writing to clarify matters for your readers, who may have been left confused. If SA allowed free access to our neighbours (maybe with a vaccination certificate) they would hopefully reciprocate. A quick check on Google reveals that clueless communist Ebrahim Patel was appointed economic development minister in 2009, just more than 10 years ago. Then all the border crossings could be reopened for the benefit of trade and tourism in the community spirit of Southern African development. The decision on exemption permit was not a “first response”, a phrase Fritz uses to characterise the travel ban after the announcement on the detection of the new Covid-19 variant, Omicron. Richard O’Callaghan . This call fell on deaf ears.