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South Africa travel restrictions

Open for citizens: yes Open for foreigners: no Open for tourism: no Quarantine: yes
Airlines Updates

Published on 06.07.2020
Airlink resumes Johannesburg – Port Elizabeth service from mid-July 2020

01.07.2020 South African carrier Airlink has announced additional routes restoration, starting from 06JUL20. Additional 6 routes will be restored, on board Embraer ERJ135/145 aircraft.

Cape Town – Bloemfontein 6 weekly
Cape Town – Port Elizabeth 3 weekly
Johannesburg – Bloemfontein 12 weekly
Johannesburg – Nelspruit 12 weekly
Johannesburg – Pietermaritzburg 1 daily
Johannesburg – Upington 1 daily
Published on 18.06.2020
mango June/July 2020 operations as of 17JUN20

Published on 02.06.2020
Airlink outlines domestic South Africa service from 08JUN20-14JUN20

Published on 26.05.2020
South African Airways aims to resume some domestic flights from mid-June; cancellations of regional, intercontinental flights extended until end of June

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Flight Restrictions

published 12.06.2020
1. Flights to South Africa are suspended.
– This does not apply to repatriation, medevac and emergency flights.
2. Nationals and residents of South Africa are subject to medical screening and quarantine for 21 days.

Quarantine

Travellers who arrived to South Africa from any of the banned countries after March 9, 2020, are required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification not required / not known

Vaccination

Yellow fever (2018)
Country requirement at entry: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers aged 1 year
or over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited for
more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

Malaria (2018)
Malaria risk due predominantly to P. falciparum exists throughout the year in the low-altitude areas of
Mpumalanga Province (including the Kruger National Park), Limpopo Province, and north-eastern KwaZuluNatal Province. Risk is highest from October through May.
WHO recommended prevention in risk areas: C

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  • South Africa More local airports will be allowed to operate for domestic flights from 1 July (All Africa, 29.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    South African airspace is closed to commercial airlines as part of efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Some airlines have indicated resumption of airline operations in July, and some domestic flights have started. Screening processes have been introduced at all major ports of entry, including airports, for arrivals, departures and transit passengers. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities. Screening may include temperature measurements and check on recent travel to affected areas. Upon entering in South Africa you will be quarantined for 14 days in a state appointed facility. These are normally hotels, but may sometimes be state facilities. The South African government requires you to complete a health form with your details on arrival, including your address and contact information. Screening processes have been introduced at all major ports of entry, including airports, for arrivals, departures and transit passengers. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities. Screening may include temperature measurements and check on recent travel to affected areas. If you feel unwell, you should not attempt to travel. Presenting at the airport with symptoms may result in you being sent to a government health facility for quarantine and further testing. You will need to fill out a health form from the South African government. Land borders to neighbouring countries are closed except for trade. If you wish to leave South Africa on a private plane or a boat, you may need permission from the South African authorities.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Travel to and from the airports or other ports of arrival is restricted at this time. If you have a repatriation flight booked, you will generally not be allowed to go straight to the airport, and will be expected to meet at a pre-determined ‘assembly point’. The flight organisers are responsible for providing instructions for where to meet. Only essential travel is permitted between provinces. Some internal flights are operating, although air travel for recreational, leisure or tourism purposes is prohibited. You will need to obtain a permit from the South African authorities to be allowed to travel on internal flights. In this case, you can travel straight to the airport, but parking at the airport is not permitted. You must wear a mask if using public transport, which will operate with strict hygiene requirements and reduced passenger numbers. Everyone is required to wear a cloth face mask when in public. Failure to comply with South African government regulations could result in a fine or arrest. Hotels and guest houses are allowed to open subject to government regulations. Private rental accommodation is not permitted.
    The South African authorities have published COVID-19 guidelines and advice and have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus. Failure to comply could result in a fine or arrest.
    South Africa have introduced a risk based, five-level approach to lockdown restrictions. On 1 June, South Africa moved to level 3 (from level 4). The level of restriction in place may differ by province and district. You should follow advice from the local authorities about what restrictions apply where you are.
    Everyone must wear a cloth face mask when in public. Walking, running and cycling are permitted between 6 am and 6 pm, but not in groups. Beaches remain closed to the public; however, the promenades are open for exercise purposes. There are strict rules regarding gatherings of people. You should comply with any regulations set out by the South African government during the lockdown. See details on guidelines and relief [https://sacoronavirus.co.za/guidelines-and-relief/]

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    09.07.2020
  • South Africa More local airports will be allowed to operate for domestic flights from 1 July (All Africa, 29.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    South African airspace is closed to commercial airlines as part of efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Some airlines have indicated resumption of airline operations in July, and some domestic flights have started. Land borders to neighbouring countries are closed except for trade.

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    Internal restrictions:

    The South African authorities have published coronavirus advice [https://sacoronavirus.co.za/] and have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus. Failure to comply could result in a fine or arrest. On 23 April, President Ramaphosa announced that the South African government would be introducing a new risk-based, five-level approach to changes to lockdown restrictions. On 1 June, South Africa moved to level 3 (from level 4). The level of restriction in place may differ by province and district. You should follow advice from the local authorities about what restrictions apply where you are.
    All ‘non-essential domestic travel’ continues to be discouraged. Internal flights are now allowed, although air travel for recreational, leisure or tourism purposes is prohibited. You must wear a mask if using public transport, which will operate with strict hygiene requirements and reduced passenger numbers.
    Walking, running and cycling are allowed between 6 am and 6 pm, though not in groups. All social gatherings and inter-provincial travel are still prohibited. Everyone must wear a cloth face mask when in public. You should continue to comply with any regulations set out by the South African government during the lockdown. You can find more details on the five-level approach to lockdown restrictions on the South African Resource Portal [https://sacoronavirus.co.za/covid-19-risk-adjusted-strategy/].

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    Relaxation of restrictions:

    The KwaZulu-Natal Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) resumed its train operations on Monday 6 July. (Iol, 06.07.2020)

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    06.07.2020
  • South Africa While more local airports will be allowed to operate for domestic flights from 1 July, all international passenger flights are prohibited except those flights authorised by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, and only for repatriation of South African citizens and medical evacuation. (All Africa, 29.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    South African airspace is closed to commercial airlines as part of efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Some airlines have indicated resumption of airline operations in July, and some domestic flights have started. Land borders to neighbouring countries are closed except for trade.

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    Internal restrictions:

    The South African authorities have published coronavirus advice [https://sacoronavirus.co.za/] and have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus. Failure to comply could result in a fine or arrest. On 23 April, President Ramaphosa announced that the South African government would be introducing a new risk-based, five-level approach to changes to lockdown restrictions. On 1 June, South Africa moved to level 3 (from level 4). The level of restriction in place may differ by province and district. You should follow advice from the local authorities about what restrictions apply where you are.
    All ‘non-essential domestic travel’ continues to be discouraged. Internal flights are now allowed, although air travel for recreational, leisure or tourism purposes is prohibited. You must wear a mask if using public transport, which will operate with strict hygiene requirements and reduced passenger numbers.
    Walking, running and cycling are allowed between 6 am and 6 pm, though not in groups. All social gatherings and inter-provincial travel are still prohibited. Everyone must wear a cloth face mask when in public. You should continue to comply with any regulations set out by the South African government during the lockdown. You can find more details on the five-level approach to lockdown restrictions on the South African Resource Portal [https://sacoronavirus.co.za/covid-19-risk-adjusted-strategy/].

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    29.06.2020
  • South Africa Some domestic flights to resume from 1 June (The South African, 30.05.2020)

    1. Flights to South Africa are suspended.
    – This does not apply to repatriation, medevac and emergency flights.
    2. Nationals and residents of South Africa are subject to medical screening and quarantine for 21 days.

    International restrictions:

    A state of disaster is in place. South African airspace is closed to commercial airlines. All international and domestic flights suspended. South African Airways suspends all international and regional flights till 31 May, though the airline is operating limited repatriation charter flights sponsored by respective governments. There are infrared thermometers and health personnel at all ports of entry (air, sea, and land) for screening passengers.

    Repatriations need to be organised in liaison with the travellers embassy for necessary road movement permits to be granted; travellers may need to be escorted by embassy to the airport.

    Internal restrictions:

    A national lockdown is in place indefinitely. The lockdown will henceforth be implemented according to a 5-tier scale based on the current risk assessment, with Level 5 being the highest level of restrictions. Level 4 is currently in place. A curfew from 20.00 to 05.00 is in place. Individuals can only leave their homes outside the curfew for essential and non-prohibited purposes, such to seek medical care, purchase necessary supplies (such as food and medicine) or collect social grants. They do not need a permission letter but will be asked to provide receipt as proof. Individuals who need to leave their residence for reasons other than the above, such as work, require a permission letter that states their movement is essential. This letter can be issued by one’s employer or local police. People can also exercise within 5km of their homes from 06.00 to 09.00. A protective mask should be worn outside one’s home at all times. Restaurants are open for takeaway and delivery services. Movement between provinces is prohibited with very limited exceptions; the latter require prior approval. Repatriations need to be organised in liaison with the travellers embassy for necessary road movement permits to be granted; travellers may need to be escorted by embassy to the airport. Public transport operates with limited capacity; travellers must wear a face mask.

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    12.06.2020
  • South Africa Government will further ease from 1 June (Reuters, 24.05.2020) 1. Flights to South Africa are suspended. – This does not apply to: – flights authorized by the ministry of transport; – flights bringing back nationals of South Africa. They will be quarantined for up to 21 days; – medical evacuation, aircrafts in state of emergency, air ambulance which must only carry airline crew and patients. They are subject to quarantine. 2. Flights not mentionned above must obtain a written permission from the department of transport before departure.

    International restrictions:

    A state of disaster is in place. South African airspace is closed to commercial airlines. All international and domestic flights suspended. South African Airways suspends all international and regional flights till 31 May, though the airline is operating limited repatriation charter flights sponsored by respective governments. There are infrared thermometers and health personnel at all ports of entry (air, sea, and land) for screening passengers. Repatriations need to be organised in liaison with the travellers embassy for necessary road movement permits to be granted; travellers may need to be escorted by embassy to the airport.

    Internal restrictions:

    A national lockdown is in place indefinitely. The lockdown will henceforth be implemented according to a 5-tier scale based on the current risk assessment, with Level 5 being the highest level of restrictions. Level 4 is currently in place. A curfew from 20.00 to 05.00 is in place. Individuals can only leave their homes outside the curfew for essential and non-prohibited purposes, such to seek medical care, purchase necessary supplies (such as food and medicine) or collect social grants. They do not need a permission letter but will be asked to provide receipt as proof. Individuals who need to leave their residence for reasons other than the above, such as work, require a permission letter that states their movement is essential. This letter can be issued by one’s employer or local police. People can also exercise within 5km of their homes from 06.00 to 09.00. A protective mask should be worn outside one’s home at all times. Restaurants are open for takeaway and delivery services. Movement between provinces is prohibited with very limited exceptions; the latter require prior approval. Repatriations need to be organised in liaison with the travellers embassy for necessary road movement permits to be granted; travellers may need to be escorted by embassy to the airport. Public transport operates with limited capacity; travellers must wear a face mask.

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    30.05.2020
  • South Africa Flights to South Africa are suspended.
    – This does not apply to essential service flights (e.g. Medevac, emergency flights).

    International restrictions:

    A state of disaster is in place. South African airspace is closed to commercial airlines. All international and domestic flights suspended. South African Airways suspends all international and regional flights till 31 May, though the airline is operating limited repatriation charter flights sponsored by respective governments. There are infrared thermometers and health personnel at all ports of entry (air, sea, and land) for screening passengers.

    Internal restrictions:

    A national lockdown is in place indefinitely. The lockdown will henceforth be implemented according to a 5-tier scale based on the current risk assessment, with Level 5 being the highest level of restrictions. Level 4 is currently in place. A curfew from 20.00 to 05.00 is in place. Individuals can only leave their homes outside the curfew for essential and non-prohibited purposes, such to seek medical care, purchase necessary supplies (such as food and medicine) or collect social grants. They do not need a permission letter but will be asked to provide receipt as proof. Individuals who need to leave their residence for reasons other than the above, such as work, require a permission letter that states their movement is essential. This letter can be issued by one’s employer or local police. People can also exercise within 5km of their homes from 06.00 to 09.00. A protective mask should be worn outside one’s home at all times. Restaurants are open for takeaway and delivery services. Movement between provinces is prohibited with very limited exceptions; the latter require prior approval. Repatriations need to be organised in liaison with the travellers embassy for necessary road movement permits to be granted; travellers may need to be escorted by embassy to the airport. Public transport operates with limited capacity; travellers must wear a face mask.

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    10.05.2020
  • Source [https://za.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information-2/]
    [https://pandemic.internationalsos.com/2019-ncov/ncov-travel-restrictions-flight-operations-and-screening]
    [https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/south-africa]
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