By Wilson Mulinda

The Zambian High Commission in South Africa has advised Zambians traveling to that country to always have authentic COVID-19 test certificates at ports of entry to avoid breaking the new law of managing the spread of the pandemic in South Africa.

Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Major General Jackson Miti advised that travellers with fake COVID-19 certificates risked being banned from visiting that country for five years as announced by the country’s Ministry of Home Affairs.

General Miti said it was important for all travellers to adhere to rules and regulations in order to effectively curb the spread of the virus across borders.

He said the Mission would endeavor to provide adequate and timely information to travellers between the two countries in the fight against COVID-19.

A number of restrictions have been put in place by South Africa, ranging from mandatory wearing of face masks in public spaces to presentation of negative COVID-19 certification.

Among the 20 land borders opened includes Beitbridge, which is one of the gateway borders to and from Zambia.

This is contained in a statement issued to ZNBC news by First Secretary Press and Public Relations at the Zambia High Commission in South Africa Naomi Nyawali.