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South Africa travel restrictions

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

Published on 20.11.2020
South African Airlines sells everything from chopsticks to luggage

Published on 09.11.2020
Kulula re-opens flight bookings in South Africa
Airlink will resume Gaborone flights on 16 November, possibly Kasane and Maun services from 30 November

Published on 02.11.2020
Delta Air Lines postpones flights between USA and South Africa until January 2021

Published on 22.10.2020
FastJet to resume Victoria Falls – Johannesburg service from Dec 2020

Published on 30.09.2020
SAA suspends operations, no funding found

29.09.2020 South African carrier Airlink starting next month resumes International operation. The airline plans to operate 10 International routes by mid-October 2020, although this remains subject to change. Planned operation as of 24SEP20 as follows.

Johannesburg – Beira eff 12OCT20 2 weekly ERJ135
Johannesburg – Bulawayo eff 13OCT20 3 weekly ERJ135
Johannesburg – Harare eff 05OCT20 1 daily ERJ140
Johannesburg – Lusaka eff 12OCT20 3 weekly ERJ135
Johannesburg – Maputo eff 12OCT20 2 weekly ERJ140
Johannesburg – Ndola eff 12OCT20 2 weekly ERJ135
Johannesburg – Pemba eff 12OCT20 2 weekly ERJ135
Johannesburg – Tete eff 12OCT20 2 weekly ERJ135
Johannesburg – Walvis Bay eff 12OCT20 3 weekly ERJ135
Johannesburg – Windhoek eff 12OCT20 3 weekly ERJ135

Published on 28.09.2020
Mango reassures passengers about flights amid grounding reports

Published on 26.09.2020
Mango flights set to be grounded

Published on 25.09.2020
Airlink Oct 2020 International operations as of 24SEP20

Published on 02.08.2020
FlySafair to re-introduce flights between Port Elizabeth and Durban

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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Full Restrictions
Open for travel from South Africa
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers travelling to South Africa are strongly advised to hold a certificate of a negative Covid-19 test result obtained within 72 hours prior to departure, from the date of examination. If the passengers fails to submit a the negative test result on arrival in South Africa, the passenger shall be quarantined at a government designated facility at their own cost.
  • This does not apply to:
    • Children aged 5 years and under,
    • Crew members.
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Flight Restrictions

published 20.10.2020

Entry restrictions
Passengers arriving in South Africa:
– are subject to medical screening; and
– must install COVID Alert South Africa mobile app.

Ban entry for passengers who arrive from or have been in Argentina, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Spain, United Kingdom, United States
Passengers arriving from Argentina, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Philippines, Russian Fed., Spain, USA or United Kingdom are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to passengers with a long term visa.

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Quarantine

Quarantine requirement at government designated site or self-isolation (if requested).

If you fail to produce a paper copy of a negative COVID-19 test you will be required to quarantine at a government-appointed facility at your own cost. Self-isolation is not required if you have provided the negative COVID-19 test. If you cannot produce a negative COVID-19 test then you may be quarantined for 10 days in government-appointed facilities at your own cost.

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

Anyone travelling to South Africa will be required to produce a paper copy of a negative COVID-19 upon arrival. The test should have been taken no less than 72 hours prior to arrival. We advise that you carry multiple paper copies of your negative COVID-19 test.

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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Full Restrictions

  • South Africa International Travel is Open to All travellers,
    subject to normal travel requirements (ie valid passport/visa)
    as well as a mandatory negative PCR test not older than 72 hours
    mandatory Travel Insurance for non-South African Travellers.

    24.11.2020
  • South Africa Latest News: President to allow travel to all countries subject to health protocols (Reuters, 11.11.2020). Emirates, Qatar Airways cancel some flights due to COVID-19 travel regulations; other international carriers could follow suit (AFP, 04.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    International commercial air travel to South Africa has resumed, but strict health protocols are in place.
    **Entry to South Africa: International travel has now resumed to and from South Africa. However, anyone travelling to South Africa will be required to produce a paper copy of a negative COVID-19 upon arrival. The test should have been taken no less than 72 hours prior to arrival. We advise that you carry multiple paper copies of your negative COVID-19 test. You will need to provide proof of accommodation upon arrival in case you need to self-isolate during your trip. Business travellers providing services across the borders between South Africa and the Southern African Development Community are allowed multiple entry subject to producing a certificate of negative COVID-19 test result not older than 72 hours from the time of departure. This certificate is valid for 14 days. For any questions regarding the process to enter South Africa, you should speak to your local South African Embassy.
    *Transiting South Africa: It is possible to transit South Africa and travel to a third country. If you wish to transit through South Africa, you must bring a paper copy of a negative COVID-19 test result. The test should have been taken within 72 hours of your departure. If you cannot produce a negative COVID-19 test then you may be quarantined for 10 days in government-appointed facilities at your own cost.
    *Screening on arrival: 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. Additional screening may include temperature measurements and check on recent travel to affected areas.
    *Quarantine requirements: If you fail to produce a paper copy of a negative COVID-19 test you will be required to quarantine at a government-appointed facility at your own cost. Self-isolation is not required if you have provided the negative COVID-19 test.
    *Data collection: The South African government requires you to complete a health declaration form with your details on arrival, including your address and contact information.
    *Testing on departure: 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 should make sure that your insurance will cover unplanned travel disruption due to coronavirus.


    Internal Restrictions:
    Some internal flights are operating. You will need to fill in a health declaration form which must be handed in at the airport. You must wear a mask if using public transport, which is operating 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.
    Accommodation – Hotels, guest houses and private rental accommodation are allowed to open subject to government regulations. Upon arrival at your accommodation, you will normally be subjected to a temperature test and asked to declare that you do not have coronavirus symptoms. Some accommodation providers will request your travel history. You should contact your accommodation provider for more information.
    Public spaces and services – 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 has introduced a risk-based, five-level approach to lockdown restrictions. The whole of South Africa is currently under level one restrictions, which are the lowest tier. The government reserves the right to introduce different restrictions in provinces and districts affected by coronavirus. You may wish to check with the local authorities before you travel. There is a countrywide curfew between midnight and 4am. Beaches and public parks are now open, but are subject to strict health protocols. 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.

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    18.11.2020
  • South Africa Latest News: President to allow travel to all countries subject to health protocols (Reuters, 11.11.2020). Emirates, Qatar Airways cancel some flights due to COVID-19 travel regulations; other international carriers could follow suit (AFP, 04.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to South Africa – International travel has now resumed to and from South Africa. However, anyone travelling to South Africa will be required to produce a paper copy of a negative COVID-19 upon arrival. The test should have been taken no less than 72 hours prior to arrival. We advise that you carry multiple paper copies of your negative COVID-19 test. You will need to provide proof of accommodation upon arrival in case you need to self-isolate during your trip.
    Business travellers providing services across the borders between South Africa and the Southern African Development Community are allowed multiple entry subject to producing a certificate of negative COVID-19 test result not older than 72 hours from the time of departure. This certificate is valid for 14 days.

    *Transiting South Africa:
    It is possible to transit South Africa and travel to a third country. If you wish to transit through South Africa, you must bring a paper copy of a negative COVID-19 test result. The test should have been taken within 72 hours of your departure. If you cannot produce a negative COVID-19 test then you may be quarantined for 10 days in government-appointed facilities at your own cost.
    *Screening on arrival:
    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. Additional screening may include temperature measurements and check on recent travel to affected areas.
    *Quarantine requirements:
    If you fail to produce a paper copy of a negative COVID-19 test you will be required to quarantine at a government-appointed facility at your own cost. Self-isolation is not required if you have provided the negative COVID-19 test.
    *Data collection:
    The South African government requires you to complete a health declaration form with your details on arrival, including your address and contact information.
    *Testing on departure:
    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 should make sure that your insurance will cover unplanned travel disruption due to coronavirus.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Some internal flights are operating. You will need to fill in a health declaration form which must be handed in at the airport. You must wear a mask if using public transport, which is operating 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.
    Accommodation – Hotels, guest houses and private rental accommodation are allowed to open subject to government regulations. Upon arrival at your accommodation, you will normally be subjected to a temperature test and asked to declare that you do not have coronavirus symptoms. Some accommodation providers will request your travel history. You should contact your accommodation provider for more information.
    Public spaces and services – 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 has introduced a risk-based, five-level approach to lockdown restrictions. The whole of South Africa is currently under level one restrictions, which are the lowest tier. The government reserves the right to introduce different restrictions in provinces and districts affected by coronavirus. You may wish to check with the local authorities before you travel. There is a countrywide curfew between midnight and 4am. Beaches and public parks are now open, but are subject to strict health protocols. 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.

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    13.11.2020
  • South Africa Latest News: Emirates, Qatar Airways cancel some flights due to COVID-19 travel regulations; other international carriers could follow suit (AFP, 04.10.2020). Country reopens to international flights following ban due to COVID-19 (AP, 01.10.2020). Tourists from high-risk countries will not be permitted to enter when country’s borders reopen on 1 October (Reuters, 30.09.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to South Africa: South Africa has classified countries into high, medium, and low-risk. A list of high-risk countries is here. The South African authorities will not grant entry to anyone travelling from a high-risk country for tourism or leisure purposes.
    Travellers holding valid long-term visas or permanent residence visas for South Africa do not require permission to enter South Africa. The following groups can apply to enter South Africa for business purposes: Business travellers with scarce and critical skills, Diplomats, Repatriated persons, Investors, People participating in professional sporting and cultural events.
    The South African authorities have said that they will allow entry to visitors who will stay in South Africa for three months or more. If you want to visit South Africa for business reasons, or you plan to stay for three months or more, you should send your reasons for applying to enter South Africa to Covid19BusinessTravel@dha.gov.za. You should include: a copy of passport and /or temporary residence visa; proof of business activities to be undertaken in the South Africa; proof of travel itinerary; proof of address or accommodation in the South Africa.
    International students are also allowed to return to South Africa to study.
    You can seek permission from the South African authorities to travel to South Africa for medical reasons or to attend a family funeral. If you need to travel to South Africa for these compassionate reasons, you should send your reasons for applying to enter South Africa to Covid19Exceptions@dha.gov.za. You should include: a letter clearly explaining why your travel to South Africa is essential and an emergency;
    a copy of passports and (if you have them) visas for South Africa; proof of accommodation while in South Africa. The processing time for this type of application is 5-10 days.
    Unless you have a valid long-term visa, you should not travel to South Africa before approval has been granted by the South African authorities. There have been reports of delays getting approval so you should apply as early as possible to avoid disruptions to your travel plans. The Department of Home Affairs will inform you whether your application has been successful. Unless the Department of Home Affairs tells you that you need a business visa, you should show your email approving your visit when you arrive in South Africa. You will then be given a stamp in your passport allowing you to enter the country.
    Anyone travelling to South Africa will be required to produce a paper copy of a negative COVID-19 test not older than 72 hours from the time of departure.
    The South African authorities have said you must have travel insurance which should cover a COVID-19 test and quarantine costs in case you display COVID-19 symptoms whilst in South Africa. You will also need to provide proof of accommodation address upon arrival in case you need to self-quarantine at the time of arrival in the country.
    Business travellers providing services across the borders between South Africa and the Southern African Development Community are allowed multiple entry subject to producing a certificate of negative COVID-19 test result not older than 72 hours from the time of departure. This certificate is valid for 14 days.

    *Transiting South Africa:
    If you wish to transit South African international airports, you can do so without a visa, providing you remain airside. However, you should be aware that international flights from South Africa are limited.
    The South African authorities are asking anyone transiting via South Africa for a paper copy of a negative COVID-19 test result from within 72 hours of your departure. If you cannot produce a negative COVID-19 test then you may be quarantined for 10 days in government-appointed facilities.
    *Screening on arrival:
    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. Passengers will need to provide a paper copy of a negative COVID-19 test not older than 72 hours from time of departure to port authorities when entering the country. Additional screening may include temperature measurements and check on recent travel to affected areas.
    *Quarantine requirements:
    If you fail to produce a paper copy of a negative COVID-19 test you will be required to quarantine at a government-appointed facility at your own cost. Self-isolation is not required if you have provided the negative COVID-19 test.
    *Data collection:
    The South African government requires you to complete a health declaration form with your details on arrival, including your address and contact information.
    *Testing on departure:
    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.

    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, linked to an Embassy , 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. Some internal flights are operating. You will need to fill in a health declaration form which must be handed in at the airport. If travelling within South Africa you may travel straight to the airport. You must wear a mask if using public transport, which is operating 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, guest houses and private rental accommodation are allowed to open subject to government regulations. 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 has introduced a risk based, five-level approach to lockdown restrictions. On 18 August, South Africa moved to level 2 (from level 3).
    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.
    The South African government has implemented a countrywide curfew between 10pm and 4am. Everyone must wear a cloth face mask when in public.
    Beaches and public parks are now open, but are subject to strict health protocols. 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.

    Read more
    21.10.2020
  • South Africa Latest News: Emirates, Qatar Airways cancel some flights due to COVID-19 travel regulations; other international carriers could follow suit (AFP, 04.10.2020). Country reopens to international flights following ban due to COVID-19 (AP, 01.10.2020). Tourists from high-risk countries will not be permitted to enter when country’s borders reopen on 1 October (Reuters, 30.09.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to South Africa: South Africa has classified countries into high, medium, and low-risk. A list of high-risk countries is here. The South African authorities will not grant entry to anyone travelling from a high-risk country for tourism or leisure purposes.
    Travellers holding valid long-term visas or permanent residence visas for South Africa do not require permission to enter South Africa. The following groups can apply to enter South Africa for business purposes: Business travellers with scarce and critical skills, Diplomats, Repatriated persons, Investors, People participating in professional sporting and cultural events.
    If you want to visit South Africa for business reasons, you should send your reasons for applying to enter South Africa to Covid19BusinessTravel@dha.gov.za. You should include: a copy of passport and /or temporary residence visa; proof of business activities to be undertaken in the South Africa; proof of travel itinerary; proof of address or accommodation in the South Africa.
    International students are also allowed to return to South Africa to study.
    You can seek permission from the South African authorities to travel to South Africa for medical reasons or to attend a family funeral. If you need to travel to South Africa for these compassionate reasons, you should send your reasons for applying to enter South Africa to Covid19Exceptions@dha.gov.za. You should include: a letter clearly explaining why your travel to South Africa is essential and an emergency;
    a copy of passports and (if you have them) visas for South Africa; proof of accommodation while in South Africa. The processing time for this type of application is 5-10 days.
    Unless you have a valid long-term visa, you should not travel to South Africa before approval has been granted by the South African authorities. There have been reports of delays getting approval so you should apply as early as possible to avoid disruptions to your travel plans. The Department of Home Affairs will inform you whether your application has been successful. Unless the Department of Home Affairs tells you that you need a business visa, you should show your email approving your visit when you arrive in South Africa. You will then be given a stamp in your passport allowing you to enter the country.
    Anyone travelling to South Africa will be required to produce a paper copy of a negative COVID-19 test not older than 72 hours from the time of departure.
    The South African authorities have said you must have travel insurance which should cover a COVID-19 test and quarantine costs in case you display COVID-19 symptoms whilst in South Africa. You will also need to provide proof of accommodation address upon arrival in case you need to self-quarantine at the time of arrival in the country.
    Business travellers providing services across the borders between South Africa and the Southern African Development Community are allowed multiple entry subject to producing a certificate of negative COVID-19 test result not older than 72 hours from the time of departure. This certificate is valid for 14 days.

    *Transiting South Africa:
    If you wish to transit South African international airports, you can do so without a visa, providing you remain airside. However, you should be aware that international flights from South Africa are limited.
    The South African authorities are asking anyone transiting via South Africa for a paper copy of a negative COVID-19 test result from within 72 hours of your departure. If you cannot produce a negative COVID-19 test then you may be quarantined for 10 days in government-appointed facilities.
    *Screening on arrival:
    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. Passengers will need to provide a paper copy of a negative COVID-19 test not older than 72 hours from time of departure to port authorities when entering the country. Additional screening may include temperature measurements and check on recent travel to affected areas.
    *Quarantine requirements:
    If you fail to produce a paper copy of a negative COVID-19 test you will be required to quarantine at a government-appointed facility at your own cost. Self-isolation is not required if you have provided the negative COVID-19 test.
    *Data collection:
    The South African government requires you to complete a health declaration form with your details on arrival, including your address and contact information.
    *Testing on departure:
    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.

    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, linked to an Embassy , 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. Some internal flights are operating. You will need to fill in a health declaration form which must be handed in at the airport. If travelling within South Africa you may travel straight to the airport. You must wear a mask if using public transport, which is operating 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, guest houses and private rental accommodation are allowed to open subject to government regulations. 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 has introduced a risk based, five-level approach to lockdown restrictions. On 18 August, South Africa moved to level 2 (from level 3).
    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.
    The South African government has implemented a countrywide curfew between 10pm and 4am. Everyone must wear a cloth face mask when in public.
    Beaches and public parks are now open, but are subject to strict health protocols. 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.

    Read more
    15.10.2020
  • South Africa Latest News: Emirates, Qatar Airways cancel some flightsdue to COVID-19 travel regulations; other international carriers could follow suit (AFP, 04.10.2020). Country reopens to international flights following ban due to COVID-19 (AP, 01.10.2020). Tourists from high-risk countries will not be permitted to enter when country’s borders reopen on 1 October (Reuters, 30.09.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to South Africa: South Africa has classified countries into high, medium, and low-risk. A list of high-risk countries is here. The South African authorities will not grant entry to anyone travelling from a high-risk country for tourism or leisure purposes. Business travellers can apply to the South African authorities for permission to enter South Africa. You should send your reasons for applying to enter South Africa for business purposes to Covid19BusinessTravel@dha.gov.za. You should include: • a copy of passport and /or temporary residence visa; • proof of business activities to be undertaken in the South Africa; • proof of travel itinerary; • proof of address or accommodation in the South Africa. You should not travel to South Africa before approval has been granted by the South African authorities.
    Whilst the UK is classed as a high-risk country, the Foreign Minister has said that if you are travelling from a low-risk country and your passport indicates that you have spent 10 days or more in a low-risk country before departure, then you will be considered to be arriving from a low-risk country.
    As well as the permission above, you will need a valid visa to enter South Africa. You should get a visa before booking your travel. The British High Commission cannot provide assistance to UK nationals seeking to obtain a visa to enter South Africa.
    South African nationals and foreign nationals with valid residence permits may enter the country. The South African authorities have not confirmed whether foreign nationals with existing business and long-term visas will be allowed to enter South Africa. You should check with the local South African High Commission before attempting to travel.
    Anyone travelling to South Africa will be required to produce a paper copy of a negative COVID-19 test not older than 72 hours from the time of departure. You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Transiting South Africa:
    If you wish to transit South African international airports on your way to the UK, you can do so without a visa, providing you remain airside and are carrying a paper copy of a negative COVID-19 test result from within 72 hours of your departure. However, you should be aware that international flights from South Africa are limited.
    If you are travelling from the UK or another ‘high risk’ country, you cannot transit South African airports on your way to a third country.
    *Screening on arrival:
    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. Passengers will need to provide a paper copy of a negative COVID-19 test not older than 72 hours from time of departure to port authorities when entering the country. Additional screening may include temperature measurements and check on recent travel to affected areas.
    *Quarantine requirements:
    If you fail to produce a paper copy of a negative COVID-19 test you will be required to quarantine at a government-appointed facility at your own cost. Self-isolation is not required if you have provided the negative COVID-19 test.
    *Data collection:
    The South African government requires you to complete a health declaration form with your details on arrival, including your address and contact information.
    *Testing on departure:
    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.

    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, linked to an Embassy , 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. Some internal flights are operating. You will need to fill in a health declaration form which must be handed in at the airport. If travelling within South Africa you may travel straight to the airport. You must wear a mask if using public transport, which is operating 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, guest houses and private rental accommodation are allowed to open subject to government regulations. 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 has introduced a risk based, five-level approach to lockdown restrictions. On 18 August, South Africa moved to level 2 (from level 3).
    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.
    The South African government has implemented a countrywide curfew between 10pm and 4am. Everyone must wear a cloth face mask when in public.
    Beaches and public parks are now open, but are subject to strict health protocols. 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.

    Read more
    02.10.2020
  • South Africa Latest News: Country reopens to international flights following ban due to COVID-19 (AP, 01.10.2020). Tourists from high-risk countries will not be permitted to enter when country’s borders reopen on 1 October (Reuters, 30.09.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    South Africa has reopened to international flights. On 30 September, the South African government announced that business travellers would be permitted entry into South Africa subject to certain criteria. Leisure travellers will not be permitted entry to South Africa. Permitted travellers will need to produce a negative COVID-19 test not older than 72 hours from the time of departure.
    *Entry to South Africa: Lockdown restrictions restrict entry into South Africa, except for South African nationals and foreign nationals with valid residence permits. Land Borders to neighbouring countries are closed except for essential trade.
    You will need a visa to enter South Africa. Border restrictions have been strictly applied and the South African authorities have only been granting visas in exceptional circumstances. If you wish to enter South Africa, you should contact your local South African High Commission to request a visa in good time before you wish to travel. We strongly advise you to obtain a visa before booking your travel. We cannot provide assistance to UK nationals seeking to obtain a visa to enter South Africa. More information can be found in the following South African Department of Home Affairs document.

    * Transiting South Africa:
    If you wish to transit South African international airports you can do so without a visa, providing you remain airside and have not been in another ‘high-risk’ country since 15 March 2020. However, you should be aware that international flights from South Africa are limited.
    You cannot transit South African airports on your way to third countries, if travelling from another ‘high risk’ country.

    *Screening on arrival:
    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.

    *Quarantine requirements
    You are now able to apply to self-isolate at a place of your choosing as long as it complies with the criteria set out by the Department of Health. This application must be submitted 72 hours prior to your intended date of travel to the Department of Health. More information can be found in the Department of Health guidelines.
    If you are not granted permission to self-isolate, upon entering in South Africa you will be quarantined for 10 days in a state appointed facility. These are normally hotels, but may sometimes be state facilities.

    *Data collection:
    The South African government requires you to complete a health declaration form with your details on arrival, including your address and contact information.

    *Testing on departure:
    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.

    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, linked to an Embassy , 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. Some internal flights are operating. You will need to fill in a health declaration form which must be handed in at the airport. If travelling within South Africa you may travel straight to the airport. You must wear a mask if using public transport, which is operating 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, guest houses and private rental accommodation are allowed to open subject to government regulations. 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 has introduced a risk based, five-level approach to lockdown restrictions. On 18 August, South Africa moved to level 2 (from level 3).
    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.
    The South African government has implemented a countrywide curfew between 10pm and 4am. Everyone must wear a cloth face mask when in public.
    Beaches and public parks are now open, but are subject to strict health protocols. 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.

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    01.10.2020
  • South Africa International Restrictions:
    South African airspace is closed to commercial airlines. The South African government has announced that commercial passenger flights will start to resume from 1 October, with further details to be published.
    *Entry to South Africa: Lockdown restrictions restrict entry into South Africa, except for South African nationals and foreign nationals with valid residence permits. South African airspace is closed to commercial airlines as part of efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. Land Borders to neighbouring countries are closed except for essential trade.
    You will need a visa to enter South Africa. Border restrictions have been strictly applied and the South African authorities have only been granting visas in exceptional circumstances. If you wish to enter South Africa, you should contact your local South African High Commission to request a visa in good time before you wish to travel. We strongly advise you to obtain a visa before booking your travel. We cannot provide assistance to UK nationals seeking to obtain a visa to enter South Africa. More information can be found in the following South African Department of Home Affairs document.

    * Transiting South Africa:
    If you wish to transit South African international airports you can do so without a visa, providing you remain airside and have not been in another ‘high-risk’ country since 15 March 2020. However, you should be aware that international flights from South Africa are limited.
    You cannot transit South African airports on your way to third countries, if travelling from another ‘high risk’ country.

    *Screening on arrival:
    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.

    *Quarantine requirements
    You are now able to apply to self-isolate at a place of your choosing as long as it complies with the criteria set out by the Department of Health. This application must be submitted 72 hours prior to your intended date of travel to the Department of Health. More information can be found in the Department of Health guidelines.
    If you are not granted permission to self-isolate, upon entering in South Africa you will be quarantined for 10 days in a state appointed facility. These are normally hotels, but may sometimes be state facilities.

    *Data collection:
    The South African government requires you to complete a health declaration form with your details on arrival, including your address and contact information.

    *Testing on departure:
    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.

    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, linked to an Embassy , 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. Some internal flights are operating. You will need to fill in a health declaration form which must be handed in at the airport. If travelling within South Africa you may travel straight to the airport. You must wear a mask if using public transport, which is operating 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, guest houses and private rental accommodation are allowed to open subject to government regulations. 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 has introduced a risk based, five-level approach to lockdown restrictions. On 18 August, South Africa moved to level 2 (from level 3).
    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.
    The South African government has implemented a countrywide curfew between 10pm and 4am. Everyone must wear a cloth face mask when in public.
    Beaches and public parks are now open, but are subject to strict health protocols. 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.

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    25.09.2020
  • South Africa Inter-provincial travel resumes as government eases most remaining restrictions on economic activity from 17 August (Bloomberg, 17.08.2020). Authorities ease lockdown restrictions (Reuters, 15.08.2020). Three additional domestic airports reopen from 21 July (LUA, 20.07.20). 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. International commercial passenger flights are unlikely to resume for some time. Land borders to neighbouring countries are closed except for essential trade.
    Lockdown restrictions restrict entry into South Africa, except for South African nationals and foreign nationals with valid residence permits. You will need a visa to enter South Africa. Border restrictions have been strictly applied and the South African authorities have only been granting visas in exceptional circumstances. If you wish to enter South Africa, you should contact your local South African High Commission to request a visa in good time before you wish to travel. We strongly advise you to obtain a visa before booking your travel. More information can be found in the following South African Department of Home Affairs document [https://www.gov.za/sites/default/files/gcis_document/202007/43504gon749.pdf] **Transiting South Africa: If you wish to transit South African international airport, you can do so without a visa, providing you remain airside and have not been in a ‘high-risk’ country since 15 March 2020. However, you should be aware that international flights from South Africa are limited. You cannot transit South African airports on your way to third countries, if travelling from another ‘high risk’ country.
    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. You are now able to apply to self-isolate at a place of your choosing as long as it complies with the criteria set out by the Department of Health. This application must be submitted 72 hours prior to your intended date of travel to the Department of Health. More information can be found in the Department of Health guidelines [https://www.gov.za/sites/default/files/gcis_document/202007/43533gon796.pdf]. If you are not granted permission to self-isolate, upon entering in South Africa you will be quarantined for 10 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 declaration 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.

    *****

    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, linked to an Embassy, 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. Some internal flights are operating. You will need to fill in a health declaration form which must be handed in at the airport. If travelling within South Africa you may travel straight to the airport. You must wear a mask if using public transport, which is operating 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, guest houses and private rental accommodation are allowed to open subject to government regulations. You should contact your accommodation provider for more information. The South African authorities have published COVID-19 guidelines [https://sacoronavirus.co.za/] 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 has introduced a risk based, five-level approach to lockdown restrictions. On 18 August, South Africa moved to level 2 (from level 3). 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. The South African government has implemented a countrywide curfew between 10pm and 4am. Everyone must wear a cloth face mask when in public. Beaches and public parks are now open, but are subject to strict health protocols. 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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    01.09.2020
  • South Africa Inter-provincial travel resumes as government eases most remaining restrictions on economic activity from 17 August (Bloomberg, 17.08.2020). Authorities ease lockdown restrictions (Reuters, 15.08.2020). Three additional domestic airports reopen from 21 July (LUA, 20.07.20). 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. International commercial passenger flights are unlikely to resume for some time. Humanitarian flights are operating. Land borders to neighbouring countries are closed except for essential trade. If you have a flight ticket to leave South Africa, and you believe you need a permission letter either to travel to the assembly point for your flight or to comply with this statement from the South African Department of Home Affairs [http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/statements-speeches/1341-the-minister-of-home-affairs-allows-certain-categories-of-south-africans-to-return-to-the-countries-where-they-are-based]. If you wish to leave South Africa on a private plane or a boat, you may need permission from the South African authorities.
    Lockdown restrictions restrict entry into South Africa, except for South African nationals and foreign nationals with valid residence permits. 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.

    *****

    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, linked to an Embassy, 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. Some internal flights are operating. You will need to fill in a health declaration form which must be handed in at the airport. If travelling within South Africa you may travel straight to the airport. You must wear a mask if using public transport, which is operating 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, guest houses and private rental accommodation are allowed to open subject to government regulations. You should contact your accommodation provider for more information. The South African authorities have published COVID-19 guidelines [https://sacoronavirus.co.za/] 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 has introduced a risk based, five-level approach to lockdown restrictions. On 18 August, South Africa moved to level 2 (from level 3). 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. The South African government has implemented a countrywide curfew between 10pm and 4am. Everyone must wear a cloth face mask when in public. Beaches and public parks are now open, but are subject to strict health protocols. 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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    21.08.2020
  • South Africa Three additional domestic airports reopen from 21 July (LUA, 20.07.20). More local airports will be allowed to operate for domestic flights from 1 July (All Africa, 29.06.2020)

    *****

    International restrictions:

    South African airspace is closed to commercial airlines as part of efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus. International commercial passenger flights are unlikely to resume for some time. Humanitarian flights are operating. Land borders to neighbouring countries are closed except for essential trade. If you have a flight ticket to leave South Africa, and you believe you need a permission letter either to travel to the assembly point for your flight or to comply with this statement from the South African Department of Home Affairs [http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/statements-speeches/1341-the-minister-of-home-affairs-allows-certain-categories-of-south-africans-to-return-to-the-countries-where-they-are-based]. If you wish to leave South Africa on a private plane or a boat, you may need permission from the South African authorities.
    Lockdown restrictions restrict entry into South Africa, except for South African nationals and foreign nationals with valid residence permits. 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.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    South Africa announces reintroduction of 21:00-04:00 nationwide curfew and alcohol ban on July 12.
    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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    31.07.2020
  • 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. 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.

    *****

    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.

    *****

    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.

    *****

    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 US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information/
    OSAC Travel Advisories/
    Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK/
    Government of South Africa/
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