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Newsletter 30 June 2020
Dear Friends
We are all sitting on the edge of our chairs to find out when borders will re-open, international flights scheduled and visas been issued again.

The reality is that there are many factors to keep in mind. According to the South African Government’s Covid-19 Alert Level regulations, South Africans will only be permitted to travel overseas when we reach Level 2. Hopefully this will be soon, but the pandemic status are unpredictable and movement restrictions can change at any time.

We also need to adhere to the country of destination’s regulations and although many European countries are slowly starting to re-open, a new spike in Covid-19 cases can cause quarantine implementations and inbound restrictions once again. So even if our border’s re-open, flights are scheduled and you are successful in applying for a visa, getting to your destination and go into a quarantine period will not be fun! So we still need to be patient and ride out this lock-down wave.


According to Spain’s official tourism website, the country lifted border controls with all European Union member states from 21 June, the end of the state of alarm, and will no longer impose quarantine on visitors.

At the request of Portugal, it will continue to control the Portuguese border until 30 June.
At the same time, Europe has begun opening its internal borders but is not expected to have full internal mobility until 1 July. The European Union has set up a new website and a mobile app where you can see if travel is possible to each member state, the requirements of each destination, and other information to answer travelers’ questions.

Go to RE-OPEN EU website for travel information and guidelines for each destination.

Starting on 1 July there will be a staggered opening of borders with non-EU countries on a list of safe countries drafted by the European Commission, according to these requirements:

1. Epidemiological conditions equivalent to or better than the EU
2. Acceptance of certain healthcare conditions in the place of origin, on the journey and at the destination
3. Actions are taken on the principle of reciprocity
Even though the EU is slowly recovering from the pandemic, it is advisable for non-EU members to avoid traveling for tourism purposes before the last quarter of 2020. If the country of origin's epidemiological conditions (and this can change overnight) are not favorable, quarantine on arrival might be implemented.


Israel was one of the first countries in the world to announce a national state of emergency on 19 March 2020 and up to date (as on 29 June 2020) has recorded 318 Corona-virus related deaths

On Sunday 28 June the country's health minister, Yuli Edelstein announced that Israel hes entered a second wave of the coronavirus outbreak with 668 new cases been reported in 24 hours on Thursday 25 June, and therefore the governement will be introducing new restrictions.
Some restrictions have been eased at the end of May, but as we know the Israeli’s, they will not take chances and currently all arriving passengers are still subjected to health screening and/or a mandatory 14-day quarantine in a Government of Israel-established quarantine center. Most Israeli travel companies suggest that groups for 2020 should be postponed to 2021 - exactly what we at WeGo journeys have decided to do. Israel will wait for us. So we will return in 2021!

Jordan has a much lower rate of only 1 121 reported cases and 9 coronavirus related deaths as reported on 29 June 2020. 

The Jordanian government is moving ahead with steps to resume most economic activities and end movement restrictions after months of lockdown measures aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus. 

Egypt on the other hand has been hit far worse with 65 137 reported cases and 2789 deaths.

The country is still in complete lockdown but mosques opened on Sunday 28 June with strict social distancing and sanitizing measurements in place.


Let’s rather choose to look at the bright side. Border’s will open again and our favorite destinations will survive this pandemic. So take this time to start dreaming – and planning! 

If a Bible-land tour is on your bucket list, we have a few different options for 2021.

E-mail for more information
At present, the Camino de Santiago will still have a Holy Year in 2021 and there are suggestions that this might be extended into 2022 in order to give all pilgrims the opportunity to visit Santiago during a Holy Year.

So if you are planning to walk any Camino route in the near future, get in contact with us ASAP so we can get the very best accommodation and itinerary in place for you.

Ultreia… Let’s keep going!
Yolandi van der Wath (
WeGo Journeys
Stap die Camino
Saam Oppad
Stap die Camino
Stap die Camino
WeGo Journeys
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