For all official information and updates regarding COVID-19, visit the South African Department of Health’s website on www.sacoronavirus.co.za
As South Africa undergoes ‘lockdown’ from 26 March to 16 April to slow the spread of COVID-19, West Coast Way is doing its part to support this national effort and ensure the safety of our staff and visitors.
Our attractions will close over this time, but we are encouraging travellers to postpone their journey and stretch their legs with us on the West Coast when the lockdown has been lifted next month.
The West Coast is the perfect place for travellers to celebrate the end of their isolation, and West Coast Way offers over 101 attractions and activities for visitors to enjoy. Travellers exploring the Weskus can combine athletics, leisure and educational stops to create one-of-a-kind experiences – The autumn sun also gives the entire West Coast a glorious glow that makes every attraction an Instagrammable moment.
Visits to the West Coast after these uncertain times will also help keep local communities #tourismstrong during these unprecedented times.
In the meantime, here is some info to help you understand what the national lockdown means for West Coast Way members:
- No one is allowed to leave their homes except under strictly controlled circumstances, such as to seek medical care, buy food, medicine and other supplies or to collect a social grant.
- Accommodation establishments have been instructed to provide South African Tourism details of tourists who are still accommodated within their establishments, their activity/ movement and itinerary, and date of arrival in the country.
- Travellers may not relocate during the lockdown unless it is to head home.
- Travellers who are staying must be placed under quarantine effective immediately.
- Travellers leaving the country will be subjected to mandatory testing at the following airports ahead of boarding a flight:
OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, Gauteng, Cape Town International Airport, Western Cape and King Shaka International, Durban, KwaZulu Natal
- South African citizens and residents arriving from high-risk countries (China, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, France, South Korea, Switzerland and the United States) will automatically be placed under quarantine for 14 days.
- Foreign nationals arriving on flights from high-risk countries were prohibited a week ago and will be turned back.
International flights to Lanseria Airport will be temporarily suspended.
- International travellers who arrived in South Africa after 9 March 2020 from high-risk countries will be confined to their hotels until they have completed a 14-day period of quarantine.
- All restaurants, cafes, bars and taverns must close during this time.
- The Department of Tourism has made an additional R200 million available to assist SMMEs in the tourism and hospitality sector who are under particular stress due to the new travel restrictions.
South Africa’s Department of Health has launched a robust coronavirus website, with a range of resources and up-to-date information. In addition to the existing, emergency hotline, the DOH has also instituted a WhatsApp Support Line:
Emergency Hotline: 0800 029 999
WhatsApp Support Line: 0600-123456
GBV Command Centre: 0800 428 428 / *120*7867# from any cell phone
Persons with disabilities, SMS ‘help’ to 31531
Women Abuse Helpline: 0800 150 150
Childline: 0800 055 555
SAPS Crime Stop: 0860 10111 / SMS Crime Line: 32211
GBVF-related service complaints (SAPS): 0800 333 177/
National AIDS Helpline: 0800 012 322
National Human Trafficking Helpline: 0800 222 777
Suicide Helpline: 0800 567 567
National Department of Health: www.health.gov.za
National Institute of Communicable Diseases: www.nicd.ac.za
World Health Organisation: www.who.int
We look forward to welcoming people to our shores soon and showing them why ‘die Weskus is die beskus’.