Economic Sector Support: Tourism Safety - Minister Maynier Tourism Industry Omicron Briefing | Western Cape Government

Economic Sector Support: Tourism Safety - Minister Maynier Tourism Industry Omicron Briefing

Economic sector support



On Sunday, 28 November 2021, President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on the new variant of the coronavirus identified by scientists in South Africa. The World Health Organisation (WHO) named it Omicron and declared it a ‘variant of concern’.

In light of the developments regarding the re-imposition of international travel restrictions on South Africa, MEC David Maynier briefed the Tourism Industry on Tuesday, 30 November 2021.



Click here to view the webinar


Vaccination Data as of 30 November 2021 - Presentation by Dr. Melvin Moodley (Director: Health Intelligence – Western Cape Government Health)

Cape Town Air Access Airline Flight Schedule Update – Presentation by Mr. Paul Van den Brink (Project Manager: Cape Town Air Access - Wesgro)

Related Links

Traveller FAQs - Access to updated flight schedules.

Safe travels - Access to the safe travels website.






Tourism Safety

The Tourism Safety unit within the Department of Economic Development and Tourism provides the following support to tourists:

  • Medical/emotional trauma, visiting hospitals

  • Advise on short-term temporary accommodation

  • Help with basic necessities, where possible

  • Help with contacting family or friends

  • Facilitate counseling

  • Advise on short-term transport arrangements

  • Contact embassies and consulates in case of lost passports and visas

What we don't offer:

  • Financial assistance

  • Replace lost item 

  • Provide medical attention

  • Compensate for loss

  • Offer legal advise

General safety advice and assistance

If you are feeling unwell or experiencing coronavirus symptoms please contact:

  • Western Cape coronavirus hotline: 021 928 4102/ 080 928 4102 (toll free)
  • National coronavirus hotline: 0800 029 999
  • WhatsApp "Hi" to 0600 123 456
Should you need assistance you can also call:
Mr. Neo Mocumi: 082 554 2010 /072 447 1504
Ms. Ilze Jacobs: 082 972 2507
If you are staying in Cape Town you can also contact Cape Town Tourism on 021 487 6552 or 0861 322 223


The content on this page was last updated on 2 December 2021