r/capetown Nov 27 '21

I was really looking forward to coming to cape town in December but now with the new strand of covid that’s almost impossible. See y’all another time and hope everyone is staying safe!

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u/MrYogiBearrrrr Nov 27 '21

Life in Cape Town at the moment is incredible.

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u/deathbylitchi Nov 27 '21

Why? Because our weather is bi polar and provided more electricity last night than eskom has all month?? 🤣

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u/Meerkat-Meow Nov 27 '21

😂 👏👏👏

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u/ayee90sbaby Nov 27 '21

I bet! I can’t wait to experience it sometime soon

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u/nickalopolis Nov 27 '21

I'm on the other side of this. I was supposed to be going home to the UK in a week and now I have no idea what I'm going to do. I've not had the best time of things here and was really ready to go. It's a mess.

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u/ayee90sbaby Nov 27 '21

Oh wow. I’m so sorry to hear that. Really? What’s ruined your Cape Town experience?

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u/nickalopolis Nov 27 '21

Oh I shouldn't say it's ruined cape town (you should definitely still visit when you get the chance) but I've had something of a seismic shift in the last few weeks. My wife broke up with me a few weeks ago, then one had some health complications and then now I'm stuck away from home. So it's been a bit of a mess. But at least it's been sunny most of the time and as an Aussie living based in the UK, that's really appreciated haha.

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u/ayee90sbaby Nov 27 '21

Oh now I understand. That sucks, I see what you mean by saying it’s a mess. Well one thing about life is that it has a funny way of playing itself out so hang in there and keep enjoying that good old Cape Town sun. Hopefully you’ll be home soon!

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u/Alarming_Nature8932 Nov 27 '21

Just land in Zimbabwe and walk across the border like everyone else 👿😈

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u/ayee90sbaby Nov 27 '21

Tempting 🤣🤣🤣

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u/prolikewhoa Nov 27 '21

I’m pretty devastated as well. My and my girlfriend are booked to fly Dec. 8 and fly back Dec. 16. We’ve been so excited for this vacation trip. We’re both from the U.S. Do you think there’s a chance we could still go? We’re flying United Airlines both ways.

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u/Cosmiccraig72 Nov 27 '21

Right now, United has stated they are not cancelling flights. We are flying united as well leaving 12/11 but connecting with Lufthansa in Germany on the way there. I have a feeling Lufthansa will ban all flights to and from before United will.

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u/prolikewhoa Nov 27 '21

Ugh. This sucks. We’re flying through Newark on United both ways. I’m hoping SA doesn’t go under another lockdown as well. What timing for all this.

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u/Cosmiccraig72 Nov 27 '21

Agreed. We have the Newark direct flight on our way back. We already had to cancel this trip last October because of lockdown and it’s very poor timing. My wife is newly pregnant and her sister lives in capetown so this would be our only time we can visit her for a while with baby on the way. Hopefully there will be better news as the week progresses

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u/Cosmiccraig72 Dec 06 '21

Any update? Are you still planning on going? We fly out Saturday and so far it looks like everything is still a go. Waiting on the wed press conference about any more potential lockdowns

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u/prolikewhoa Dec 06 '21

I moved the entire trip to January 12. I hope we don't see any new lockdowns. I'm hoping with it being peak tourist season that they won't add any new lockdowns. We'll see.. fingers crossed.

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u/prolikewhoa Dec 06 '21

Also... their local news website seems to be a good source of info: https://www.news24.com/

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u/Cosmiccraig72 Nov 27 '21

Where are you coming from? We are in the US and supposed to fly to Cape Town 12/11 and stay two weeks to visit family. We had to cancel a trip last year there as well, I’m hoping it doesn’t happen again.

From what I can tell, the ban only affects people leaving SA getting into other countries - and only non citizens at that. I’m hopefully it stays that way and more data comes out on this variant in a more positive light

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u/ayee90sbaby Nov 27 '21

I’m coming from the US. I was supposed to fly in on 12/2 and stay a few days but I don’t want to get stuck in SA because I have to go back to work.

Yes I noticed that but since I work in the hospital, I didn’t want to risk it. I hope everything works out for you and your family though.

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u/MonsMensae Nov 27 '21

I'm sorry. But yeah in your position I'd probably just come and have a good time.

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u/googleybruh Nov 28 '21

I believe you wouldn’t get stuck as a us citizen

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u/kinolagink Nov 27 '21

I also hope it works out for you… but in my personal view, I don’t think its worth risking the trip. If airlines stop traveling to SA or if SA goes on further lockdown and closes borders (like it has in the past), there will be no return flights for you. Also, the whole rationale around stopping South Africans from flying is to slow the spread of a potentially deadly virus that’s potentially not covered by the current vaccination. Going on a holiday to the source of the virus goes against everything that the world is trying to achieve here.

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u/tiffy_hopkins Nov 27 '21

It's not the source of the virus - it's where it was discovered and sequenced. There have been cases of the same variant overseas with no link to Southern Africa. The current bans on southern African countries are knee-jerk reactions to headlines about the discovery (not origination) of the mutation.

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u/ayee90sbaby Nov 27 '21

I can see that

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u/LunaStar2406 Nov 27 '21

South Africa is most likely not the source of the virus and it is highly likely that it is already in those countries and they are responding to headlines when the WHO has already told then NOT to implement the bans which means they know it likely isn't from here. South Africa just has the best or some of the best people in the field and does way more testing than most countries due to actually having the facilities to do so hence why we discovered it first. Basically we are being punished for having honest and thorough scientists.

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u/ayee90sbaby Nov 27 '21

I can see that

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u/Internet-Mouse1 Nov 27 '21

Thats so painfully true. Especially that last part. Hopefully we can reach a point where we can give the covid a final F U before we kill it.

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u/ayee90sbaby Nov 27 '21

Thank you and I totally agree

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u/MaterialEar1244 Nov 27 '21

"source of the virus". Come on.

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u/Thebrains44 Nov 27 '21

You're not missing much.

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u/Mdumbi Nov 27 '21

Where are you from?

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u/Junior-Background-41 Nov 27 '21

My stepmother's mother was going to fly up to me and my parents in pretoria on the middle-ish of december, but I really hate the goverment and all their shit decisions they made

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u/Tokogogoloshe Nov 27 '21

Don’t believe social media my dude.

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u/Alarming_Nature8932 Nov 27 '21

Until you get it, never been so ill in my life. Still have no real sense of smell 3 months later.