The Western Cape provincial government has formally requested the introduction of a ‘remote working’ visa, which will allow international visitors to stay longer and work remotely while travelling in the country.

Western Cape tourism recovery evidence According to WESGRO’s research into Western Cape Tourism Recovery, visitors to the participating Western Cape attractions reached 343 727 in December 2020, a 35% recovery rate when compared to December 2019. In terms of flights, passenger arrivals through Cape Town International Airport domestic terminal saw a 51% recovery rate in March 2021, when compared to March 2019. Outdoor attractions such as Koggelberg Nature Reserve were extremely popular, with many having already exceeded 2019 visitor numbers in the November 2020 - March 2021 period.

Flexibility for digital nomads Cape Town, which was recently listed in the 'best cities for remote working' list by Big 7 Travel, has long been a favourite with digital nomads, “yet this is almost our best kept secret,” said Alderman James Vos, Mayoral Committee member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management, recently. "Targeting digital nomads as part of our overall destination marketing strategy will become part of the City’s new international campaign when the time is right and when it is safe to do so.” Read more.

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