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South Africa travel restrictions

COVID-19 Vacc. -28.03%
Open for citizens: yes Open for foreigners: partial Open for tourism: partial Quarantine: partial
Airlines Updates
Published on 24.09.2021, SAA:

South African Airways resumes flights after bankruptcy.

Published on 23.09.2021, SAA:

SAA restarts without funding from private investor.

Published on 22.09.2021, SAA:

SAA officially relaunches on 23SEP21 (JNB-CPT), adding Harare, Lusaka, Maputo, Accra, and Kinshasa from 27SEP21.

Published on 21.09.2021, Air Link:

South Africa's Air-Link Adds New Route.

Published on 17.09.2021, SAA:

SAA will need new jets to return to Australia.

Published on 16.09.2021, SAA:

SAA Needs Upgraded Fleet to Compete Outside Africa, CEO Says.

Published on 15.09.2021, SAA:

South African Airways to relaunch with 'new business and operating philosophy', expected to restart operations on 23SEP21.

Published on 07.09.2021, SAA:

SAA resumes flight to Zambia

Published on 06.09.2021, Kulula:

Kulula spreading its wings by including East London in route network

Published on 01.09.2021, Kulula:

Kulula to restart flights between Gauteng and the Eastern Cape

Published on 01.09.2021, SAA:

South African Airways, Comair to Restart Ops in September

Published on 30.08.2021, SAA:

South African Airways to restart operations after one-year hiatus

Published on 23.08.2021, SAA:

SAA close to sealing the deal with Takatso, oversight committee hears

Full Restrictions
Open for travel from South Africa
Crossing Rules

Passengers entering or transiting through South Africa must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 5 years.

A completed “Traveller Health Questionnaire” must be submitted on https://sa-covid-19-travel.info/ at most 2 days before departure.

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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).

Self-isolation is not required if you have provided the negative PCR test. If you fail to produce a paper copy of a negative PCR test you will be required to do an antigen test on arrival at your own cost. If you test positive for Covid-19, you will be required to self-isolate in line with Government guidelines at your own cost for 10 days.

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

The test should not be older than 72 hours from the time of departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test.

Vaccination
COVID-19 Total Vaccination date: 2021-09-26
COVID-19 Total Vaccination: 16827790
COVID-19 Daily Vaccination: 119345
COVID-19 Vacc. (per 100 citizens, %): 28.03
COVID-19 Daily Vacc. (per 1 million citizens): 1988

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 Latest News: Authorities impose lockdown Level 4 for 14 days with stringent measures to curb spread of COVID-19; travel in, out of Gauteng for leisure purposes prohibited (Xinhua, 28.06.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to South Africa: Strict health protocols are in place for international travellers to South Africa. You will need to produce a paper copy of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test to border officials upon arrival in South Africa. The test must have taken place no more than 72 hours before your departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test marked clearly on it, as well as the time at which the sample was taken.
    We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once on your journey. If you do not present proof of a test upon arrival, you will be required to take a COVID-19 at your own expense and may be required to quarantine at your own cost. You will be asked to fill out a health questionnaire on the plane before you enter South Africa. You should arrange to take a private test.
    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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) result not older than 72 hours from the time of departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test marked clearly on it, as well as the time at which the sample was taken. This certificate is valid for 14 days. Entry and exit to South Africa via some land borders is restricted.
    Foreign nationals in South Africa with an expired visa that was issued for up to 90 days may legally remain in South Africa until 30 September 2021 without being declared as undesirable when leaving. For all other visas and permits that have expired, you should apply for extensions to the Department of Home Affairs
    on or before 30 September 2021.
    For any questions regarding the process to enter South Africa, you should speak to your local South African High Commission.
    *Transiting South Africa: It is possible to transit South Africa and travel to a third country via air. If you wish to transit through South Africa, you must bring a paper copy of a negative PCR COVID-19 test result. The test should not be older than 72 hours from the time of departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test marked clearly on it, as well as the time at which the sample was taken. We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once on your journey. If you cannot produce a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test then you may have to quarantine 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. If you display any COVID-19 –related symptoms on arrival, or declare that you have been in contact with an infected person, you will be expected to take a mandatory COVID-19 test at your own cost. If the COVID-19 test result is positive, you will need to go into quarantine for ten days, at a designated site, at your own cost.
    *Quarantine requirements: If you fail to produce a paper copy of a negative PCR test you will be required to do an antigen test on arrival at your own cost. If you test positive for Covid-19, you will be required to self-isolate in line with Government guidelines at your own cost for 10 days. Self-isolation is not required if you have provided the negative PCR test.
    *Data collection: The South African government requires you to complete a health declaration form with your details on arrival, including your address, contact information, and recent travel history.
    *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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in South Africa: Some internal flights are operating.
    Public transport is operating with reduced passenger numbers. You must wear a mask if using public transport.
    Children aged six years or younger are not required to wear a face mask.
    Failure to comply with South African government regulations could result in a fine or arrest.
    *Accommodation: Hotels, guest houses and private rental accommodation are open, with protective measures in place. Upon arrival at your accommodation, you will normally be subject to a temperature test and asked to complete a health questionnaire. 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. Level two restrictions are currently in place across the country.
    *National restrictions: Level two lockdown restrictions are in place across the country. There is a curfew between 11pm and 4am. All non-essential businesses are required to close by 10pm. Alcohol sales are allowed but for reduced hours. You are legally required to wear a face mask when in public and may face a fine or imprisonment for breaking this rule. You should ensure you are in your accommodation before the curfew begins. Road blocks are used to enforce curfew in some places. International and interprovincial travel are permitted subject to COVID-19 precautions
    You should comply with the regulations set out by the South African government.
    *If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should contact your health insurer for advice. You should also call the South African government local emergency hotline (0800029 999) or consult the online advice. South Africa’s detailed guidance on coronavirus testing, self-isolation and contact tracing can be found on their dedicated website, https://sacoronavirus.co.za/. People who test positive are expected to self-isolate in their private accommodation. If you have tested positive for coronavirus and require assistance, please contact us on +27 12 421 7500 and follow the consular options

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    14.09.2021
  • South Africa Latest News: Authorities impose lockdown Level 4 for 14 days with stringent measures to curb spread of COVID-19; travel in, out of Gauteng for leisure purposes prohibited (Xinhua, 28.06.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to South Africa: Strict health protocols are in place for international travellers to South Africa. You will need to produce a paper copy of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test to border officials upon arrival in South Africa. The test must have taken place no more than 72 hours before your departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test marked clearly on it, as well as the time at which the sample was taken.
    We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once on your journey. If you do not present proof of a test upon arrival, you will be required to take a COVID-19 at your own expense and may be required to quarantine at your own cost. You will be asked to fill out a health questionnaire on the plane before you enter South Africa. You should arrange to take a private test.
    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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) result not older than 72 hours from the time of departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test marked clearly on it, as well as the time at which the sample was taken. This certificate is valid for 14 days. Entry and exit to South Africa via some land borders is restricted.
    Foreign nationals in South Africa with an expired visa that was issued for up to 90 days may legally remain in South Africa until 30 September 2021 without being declared as undesirable when leaving. For all other visas and permits that have expired, you should apply for extensions to the Department of Home Affairs
    on or before 30 September 2021.
    For any questions regarding the process to enter South Africa, you should speak to your local South African High Commission.
    *Transiting South Africa: It is possible to transit South Africa and travel to a third country via air. If you wish to transit through South Africa, you must bring a paper copy of a negative PCR COVID-19 test result. The test should not be older than 72 hours from the time of departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test marked clearly on it, as well as the time at which the sample was taken. We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once on your journey. If you cannot produce a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test then you may have to quarantine 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. If you display any COVID-19 –related symptoms on arrival, or declare that you have been in contact with an infected person, you will be expected to take a mandatory COVID-19 test at your own cost. If the COVID-19 test result is positive, you will need to go into quarantine for ten days, at a designated site, at your own cost.
    *Quarantine requirements: If you fail to produce a paper copy of a negative PCR test you will be required to do an antigen test on arrival at your own cost. If you test positive for Covid-19, you will be required to self-isolate in line with Government guidelines at your own cost for 10 days. Self-isolation is not required if you have provided the negative PCR test.
    *Data collection: The South African government requires you to complete a health declaration form with your details on arrival, including your address, contact information, and recent travel history.
    *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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in South Africa: Some internal flights are operating. Public transport is operating with reduced passenger numbers. You must wear a mask if using public transport. Children aged six years or younger are not required to wear a face mask. Failure to comply with South African government regulations could result in a fine or arrest.
    *Accommodation: Hotels, guest houses and private rental accommodation are open, with protective measures in place. Upon arrival at your accommodation, you will normally be subject to a temperature test and asked to complete a health questionnaire. 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. Level three restrictions are currently in place across the country.
    *National restrictions: Level three lockdown restrictions are in place across the country. There is a curfew between 10pm and 4am. All non-essential businesses are required to close by 9pm. Alcohol sales are allowed but for reduced hours. You are legally required to wear a face mask when in public and may face a fine or imprisonment for breaking this rule. You should ensure you are in your accommodation before the curfew begins. Road blocks are used to enforce curfew in some places. International and interprovincial travel are permitted subject to COVID-19 precautions. You should comply with the regulations set out by the South African government.

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    23.08.2021
  • South Africa Latest News: Authorities impose lockdown Level 4 for 14 days with stringent measures to curb spread of COVID-19; travel in, out of Gauteng for leisure purposes prohibited (Xinhua, 28.06.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to South Africa: Strict health protocols are in place for international travellers to South Africa. You will need to produce a paper copy of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test to border officials upon arrival in South Africa. The test must have taken place no more than 72 hours before your departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test marked clearly on it, as well as the time at which the sample was taken.
    We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once on your journey. If you do not present proof of a test upon arrival, you will be required to take a COVID-19 at your own expense and may be required to quarantine at your own cost. You will be asked to fill out a health questionnaire on the plane before you enter South Africa. You should arrange to take a private test.
    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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) result not older than 72 hours from the time of departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test marked clearly on it, as well as the time at which the sample was taken. This certificate is valid for 14 days. Entry and exit to South Africa via some land borders is restricted.
    Foreign nationals in South Africa with an expired visa that was issued for up to 90 days may legally remain in South Africa until 30 September 2021 without being declared as undesirable when leaving. For all other visas and permits that have expired, you should apply for extensions to the Department of Home Affairs
    on or before 30 September 2021.
    For any questions regarding the process to enter South Africa, you should speak to your local South African High Commission.
    *Transiting South Africa: It is possible to transit South Africa and travel to a third country via air. If you wish to transit through South Africa, you must bring a paper copy of a negative PCR COVID-19 test result. The test should not be older than 72 hours from the time of departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test marked clearly on it, as well as the time at which the sample was taken. We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once on your journey. If you cannot produce a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test then you may have to quarantine 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. If you display any COVID-19 –related symptoms on arrival, or declare that you have been in contact with an infected person, you will be expected to take a mandatory COVID-19 test at your own cost. If the COVID-19 test result is positive, you will need to go into quarantine for ten days, at a designated site, at your own cost.
    *Quarantine requirements: If you fail to produce a paper copy of a negative PCR test you will be required to do an antigen test on arrival at your own cost. If you test positive for Covid-19, you will be required to self-isolate in line with Government guidelines at your own cost for 10 days. Self-isolation is not required if you have provided the negative PCR test.
    *Data collection: The South African government requires you to complete a health declaration form with your details on arrival, including your address, contact information, and recent travel history.
    *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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in South Africa: Some internal flights are operating.
    Public transport is operating with reduced passenger numbers. You must wear a mask if using public transport.
    Children aged six years or younger are not required to wear a face mask.
    Failure to comply with South African government regulations could result in a fine or arrest.
    *Accommodation: Hotels, guest houses and private rental accommodation are open, with protective measures in place. Upon arrival at your accommodation, you will normally be subject to a temperature test and asked to complete a health questionnaire. 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. Level three restrictions are currently in place across the country.
    National restrictions: Level three lockdown restrictions are in place across the country. There is a curfew between 10pm and 4am. All non-essential businesses are required to close by 9pm. Alcohol sales are allowed but for reduced hours. You are legally required to wear a face mask when in public and may face a fine or imprisonment for breaking this rule. You should ensure you are in your accommodation before the curfew begins. Road blocks are used to enforce curfew in some places. International and interprovincial travel are permitted subject to COVID-19 precautions. You should comply with the regulations set out by the South African government.
    Be prepared for your plans to change: No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.
    Plan ahead and make sure you: can access money; understand what your insurance will cover; can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned
    If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should contact your health insurer for advice. You should also call the South African government local emergency hotline (0800029 999) or consult the online advice. South Africa’s detailed guidance on coronavirus testing, self-isolation and contact tracing can be found on their dedicated website, https://sacoronavirus.co.za/. People who test positive are expected to self-isolate in their private accommodation. If you have tested positive for coronavirus and require assistance, please contact us on +27 12 421 7500 and follow the consular options.

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    27.07.2021
  • South Africa Latest News: Authorities impose lockdown Level 4 for 14 days with stringent measures to curb spread of COVID-19; travel in, out of Gauteng for leisure purposes prohibited (Xinhua, 28.06.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to South Africa: Strict health protocols are in place for international travellers to South Africa. You will need to produce a paper copy of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test to border officials upon arrival in South Africa. The test must have taken place no more than 72 hours before your departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test.
    We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once on your journey. If you do not present proof of a test upon arrival, you will be required to take a Covid-19 at your own expense and may be required to quarantine at your own cost. You will be asked to fill out a health questionnaire on the plane before you enter South Africa.
    You should arrange to take a private test.
    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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) result not older than 72 hours from the time of departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. This certificate is valid for 14 days. Entry and exit to South Africa via some land borders is restricted.
    Foreign nationals in South Africa with an expired visa that was issued for up to 90 days may legally remain in South Africa until 30 June 2021 without being declared as undesirable when leaving. For all other visas and permits that have expired, you should apply for extensions to the Department of Home Affairs
    on or before 31 July 2021.
    For any questions regarding the process to enter South Africa, you should speak to your local South African High Commission.
    *Transiting South Africa: It is possible to transit South Africa and travel to a third country via air. If you wish to transit through South Africa, you must bring a paper copy of a negative PCR COVID-19 test result. The test should not be older than 72 hours from the time of departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once on your journey. If you cannot produce a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test then you may have to quarantine at your own cost. You will need to complete and produce an online travel health questionnaire on your personal device before arriving in South Africa. The questionnaire is available from the South Africa Department of Health.
    *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 PCR test you will be required to do an antigen test on arrival at your own cost. If you test positive for Covid-19, you will be required to self-isolate in line with Government guidelines at your own cost for 10 days. Self-isolation is not required if you have provided the negative PCR test.
    *Data collection: The South African government requires you to complete a health declaration form with your details on arrival, including your address, contact information, and recent travel history. This can also be completed online at South Africa Department of Health
    *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 chck 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.


    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in South Africa: Some internal flights are operating.
    You must wear a mask in public including if using public transport, which is operating with strict hygiene requirements and reduced passenger numbers.
    Children aged six years or younger are not required to wear a face mask.
    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, with protective measures in place. 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. Level four restrictions are in place across the country.
    *National restrictions: Level four lockdown restrictions are in place across the country. All gatherings are banned and there is a curfew between 9pm and 4am. All non-essential businesses are required to close by 8pm. The sale of alcohol is prohibited. You are legally required to wear a face mask when in public and may face a fine or imprisonment for breaking this rule. You should ensure you are in your accommodation before the curfew begins. Road blocks are used to enforce curfew in some places. International and interprovincial travel remain permitted subject to COVID-19 precautions, although leisure travel into and out of Gauteng province is prohibited (Johannesburg and Pretoria are both in Gauteng).
    You should comply with the regulations set out by the South African government.

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    06.07.2021
  • South Africa Latest News: Authorities impose lockdown Level 4 for 14 days with stringent measures to curb spread of COVID-19; travel in, out of Gauteng for leisure purposes prohibited (Xinhua, 28.06.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to South Africa: Strict health protocols are in place for international travellers to South Africa. You will need to produce a paper copy of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test to border officials upon arrival in South Africa. The test must have taken place no more than 72 hours before your departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test.
    We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once on your journey. If you do not present proof of a test upon arrival, you will be required to take a Covid-19 at your own expense and may be required to quarantine at your own cost. You will be asked to fill out a health questionnaire on the plane before you enter South Africa.
    You should arrange to take a private test.
    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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) result not older than 72 hours from the time of departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. This certificate is valid for 14 days. Entry and exit to South Africa via some land borders is restricted.
    Foreign nationals in South Africa with an expired visa that was issued for up to 90 days may legally remain in South Africa until 30 June 2021 without being declared as undesirable when leaving. For all other visas and permits that have expired, you should apply for extensions to the Department of Home Affairs
    on or before 31 July 2021.
    For any questions regarding the process to enter South Africa, you should speak to your local South African High Commission.
    *Transiting South Africa: It is possible to transit South Africa and travel to a third country via air. If you wish to transit through South Africa, you must bring a paper copy of a negative PCR COVID-19 test result. The test should not be older than 72 hours from the time of departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once on your journey. If you cannot produce a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test then you may have to quarantine at your own cost. You will need to complete and produce an online travel health questionnaire on your personal device before arriving in South Africa. The questionnaire is available from the South Africa Department of Health.
    *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 PCR test you will be required to do an antigen test on arrival at your own cost. If you test positive for Covid-19, you will be required to self-isolate in line with Government guidelines at your own cost for 10 days. Self-isolation is not required if you have provided the negative PCR test.
    *Data collection: The South African government requires you to complete a health declaration form with your details on arrival, including your address, contact information, and recent travel history. This can also be completed online at South Africa Department of Health
    *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 chck 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.


    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in South Africa: Some internal flights are operating.
    You must wear a mask in public including if using public transport, which is operating with strict hygiene requirements and reduced passenger numbers.
    Children aged six years or younger are not required to wear a face mask. 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, with protective measures in place. 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. Level four restrictions are in place across the country.
    *National restrictions: Level four lockdown restrictions are in place across the country. All gatherings are banned and there is a curfew between 9pm and 4am. All non-essential businesses are required to close by 8pm. The sale of alcohol is prohibited. You are legally required to wear a face mask when in public and may face a fine or imprisonment for breaking this rule. You should ensure you are in your accommodation before the curfew begins. Road blocks are used to enforce curfew in some places. International and interprovincial travel remain permitted subject to COVID-19 precautions, although leisure travel into and out of Gauteng province is prohibited (Johannesburg and Pretoria are both in Gauteng).
    You should comply with the regulations set out by the South African government.

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    29.06.2021
  • South Africa 1. Passengers can only land at Cape Town (CPT), Durban (DUR), Nelspruit (MQP) or Johannesburg: Lanseria International (HLA) and Tambo International (JNB).

    2. Passengers entering or transiting through South Africa must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
    – This does not apply to passengers younger than 5 years.

    3. Passengers must complete a “Traveller Health Questionnaire” not more than 2 days before departure at https://sa-covid-19-travel.info/ . The questionnaire can also be completed
    upon arrival.

    4. Passengers and airline crew are subject to medical screening.

    5. Airline crew could be subject to a COVID-19 test upon arrival.

    6. Visa exemptions for nationals of France, Germany, Italy, Korea (Rep.), Portugal, Singapore, Spain, USA, for passengers with a Hong Kong (SAR China) passport and for passengers
    with a British normal passport with nationality “British Citizen”, have been reinstated.

    7. More COVID-19 related information can be found at https://www.gov.za/Coronavirus/travel

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    23.06.2021
  • South Africa Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to South Africa: Strict health protocols are in place for international travellers to South Africa. You will need to produce a paper copy of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test to border officials upon arrival in South Africa. The test must have taken place no more than 72 hours before your departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test.
    We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once on your journey. If you do not present proof of a test upon arrival, you may be required enter a government quarantine facility at your own cost. You will need to complete and produce an online travel health questionnaire on your personal device before arriving in South Africa. The questionnaire is available from the South Africa Department of Health.
    You should arrange to take a private test. 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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) result not older than 72 hours from the time of departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. This certificate is valid for 14 days. Entry and exit to South Africa via some land borders is restricted.
    *Transiting South Africa: It is possible to transit South Africa and travel to a third country via air. If you wish to transit through South Africa, you must bring a paper copy of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test result. The test should not be older than 72 hours from the time of departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once on your journey. If you cannot produce a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test then you may have to enter a government quarantine facility at your own cost. You will need to complete and produce an online travel health questionnaire on your personal device before arriving in South Africa. The questionnaire is available from the South Africa Department of Health.
    *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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) 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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test.
    *Data collection: The South African government requires you to complete a health declaration form with your details on arrival, including your address, contact information, and recent travel history. This can also be completed online at South Africa Department of Health.
    *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. Presenting at the airport with symptoms may result in you being sent to a government health facility for quarantine and further testing.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in South Africa: Some internal flights are operating. You must wear a mask if using public transport, which is operating with strict hygiene requirements and reduced passenger numbers. Children aged six years or younger are not required to wear a face mask. 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, with protective measures in place. 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. Level one restrictions are in place across the country.
    *National restrictions: Level One lockdown restrictions are in place across the country. There is a curfew between 12am and 4am. You are legally required to wear a face mask when in public and may face a fine or imprisonment for breaking this rule. You should ensure you are in your accommodation before the curfew begins. Road blocks are used to enforce curfew in some places. International and interprovincial travel remain permitted subject to COVID-19 precautions.
    There are rules limiting the number of people who can gather in groups, and concerning the capacity of public places. More details on these can be found in the regulations published by the South African government .
    You should comply with any regulations set out by the South African government. See details on regulations and guidance.

    Read more
    24.05.2021
  • South Africa Latest News: Some land borders remain closed; five international airports will be open as government relaxes COVID-19 restrictions (Business Tech, 01.03.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to South Africa: Strict health protocols are in place for international travellers to South Africa. You will need to produce a paper copy of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test to border officials upon arrival in South Africa. The test must have taken place no more than 72 hours before your departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test.
    We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once on your journey. If you do not present proof of a test upon arrival, you may be required enter a government quarantine facility at your own cost. You will need to complete and produce an online travel health questionnaire on your personal device before arriving in South Africa. The questionnaire is available from the South Africa Department of Health.
    You should arrange to take a private test. 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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) result not older than 72 hours from the time of departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. This certificate is valid for 14 days. Entry and exit to South Africa via some land borders is restricted.
    *Transiting South Africa: It is possible to transit South Africa and travel to a third country via air. If you wish to transit through South Africa, you must bring a paper copy of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test result. The test should not be older than 72 hours from the time of departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once on your journey. If you cannot produce a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test then you may have to enter a government quarantine facility at your own cost. You will need to complete and produce an online travel health questionnaire on your personal device before arriving in South Africa. The questionnaire is available from the South Africa Department of Health.
    *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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) 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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test.
    *Data collection: The South African government requires you to complete a health declaration form with your details on arrival, including your address, contact information, and recent travel history. This can also be completed online at South Africa Department of Health.
    *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. Presenting at the airport with symptoms may result in you being sent to a government health facility for quarantine and further testing.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in South Africa: Some internal flights are operating. You must wear a mask if using public transport, which is operating with strict hygiene requirements and reduced passenger numbers. Children aged six years or younger are not required to wear a face mask. 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, with protective measures in place. 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. Level one restrictions are in place across the country.
    *National restrictions: Level One lockdown restrictions are in place across the country. There is a curfew between 12am and 4am. You are legally required to wear a face mask when in public and may face a fine or imprisonment for breaking this rule. You should ensure you are in your accommodation before the curfew begins. Road blocks are used to enforce curfew in some places. International and interprovincial travel remain permitted subject to COVID-19 precautions. There are rules limiting the number of people who can gather in groups, and concerning the capacity of public places. More details on these can be found in the regulations published by the South African government. You should comply with any regulations set out by the South African government. See details on regulations and guidance.

    Read more
    27.03.2021
  • South Africa Latest News: Some land borders remain closed; five international airports will be open as government relaxes COVID-19 restrictions (Business Tech, 01.03.2021). Government will reopen 20 land borders next week after closure because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 13.02.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to South Africa: *Entry to South Africa: Strict health protocols are in place for international travellers to South Africa. You will need to produce a paper copy of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test to border officials upon arrival in South Africa. The test must have taken place no more than 72 hours before your departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test.
    We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once on your journey. If you do not present proof of a test upon arrival, you may be required enter a government quarantine facility at your own cost. You will need to complete and produce an online travel health questionnaire on your personal device before arriving in South Africa. The questionnaire is available from the South Africa Department of Health.
    You should arrange to take a private test. 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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) result not older than 72 hours from the time of departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. This certificate is valid for 14 days. You cannot currently enter and exit South Africa via land borders. Foreign nationals in South Africa with expired visas and permits may legally remain in South Africa until 31 March 2021 without being declared as undesirable when leaving. For any questions regarding the process to enter South Africa, you should speak to your local South African High Commission.
    *Transiting South Africa: It is possible to transit South Africa and travel to a third country via air. If you wish to transit through South Africa, you must bring a paper copy of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test result. The test should not be older than 72 hours from the time of departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once on your journey. If you cannot produce a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test then you may have to enter a government quarantine facility at your own cost. You will need to complete and produce an online travel health questionnaire on your personal device before arriving in South Africa. The questionnaire is available from the South Africa Department of Health.
    *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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) 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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test.
    *Data collection: The South African government requires you to complete a health declaration form with your details on arrival, including your address, contact information, and recent travel history. This can also be completed online at South Africa Department of Health.
    *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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in South Africa: Some internal flights are operating. You must wear a mask if using public transport, which is operating with strict hygiene requirements and reduced passenger numbers. Children aged six years or younger are not required to wear a face mask. 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, with protective measures in place. 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. Level one restrictions are in place across the country.
    *National restrictions: Level One lockdown restrictions are in place across the country. There is a curfew between 12am and 4am. You are legally required to wear a face mask when in public and may face a fine or imprisonment for breaking this rule. You should ensure you are in your accommodation before the curfew begins. Road blocks are used to enforce curfew in some places. International and interprovincial travel remain permitted subject to COVID-19 precautions. There are rules limiting the number of people who can gather in groups, and concerning the capacity of public places. More details on these can be found in the regulations published by the South African government. You should comply with any regulations set out by the South African government. See details on regulations and guidance.

    Read more
    01.03.2021
  • South Africa Latest News: Government will reopen 20 land borders next week after closure because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 13.02.2021). Government extends COVID-19 restrictions, closes 20 land borders until at least 15 February (CNN, 12.01.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to South Africa: *Entry to South Africa: Strict health protocols are in place for international travellers to South Africa. You will need to produce a paper copy of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test to border officials upon arrival in South Africa. The test must have taken place no more than 72 hours before your departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test.
    We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once on your journey. If you do not present proof of a test upon arrival, you may be required enter a government quarantine facility at your own cost. You will need to complete and produce an online travel health questionnaire on your personal device before arriving in South Africa. The questionnaire is available from the South Africa Department of Health.
    You should arrange to take a private test. 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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) result not older than 72 hours from the time of departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. This certificate is valid for 14 days. You cannot currently enter and exit South Africa via land borders. Foreign nationals in South Africa with expired visas and permits may legally remain in South Africa until 31 March 2021 without being declared as undesirable when leaving. For any questions regarding the process to enter South Africa, you should speak to your local South African High Commission.
    *Transiting South Africa: It is possible to transit South Africa and travel to a third country via air. If you wish to transit through South Africa, you must bring a paper copy of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test result. The test should not be older than 72 hours from the time of departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once on your journey. If you cannot produce a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test then you may have to enter a government quarantine facility at your own cost. You will need to complete and produce an online travel health questionnaire on your personal device before arriving in South Africa. The questionnaire is available from the South Africa Department of Health.
    *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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) 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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test.
    *Data collection: The South African government requires you to complete a health declaration form with your details on arrival, including your address, contact information, and recent travel history. This can also be completed online at South Africa Department of Health.
    *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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in South Africa: Some internal flights are operating. You must wear a mask if using public transport, which is operating with strict hygiene requirements and reduced passenger numbers. Children aged six years or younger are not required to wear a face mask. 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, with protective measures in place. 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. Level three restrictions are in place across the country.
    *National restrictions: Level three lockdown restrictions are in place across the country. There is a curfew between 11pm and 4am. You are legally required to wear a face mask when in public and may face a fine or imprisonment for breaking this rule. You should ensure you are in your accommodation before the curfew begins. Road blocks are used to enforce curfew in some places. International and interprovincial travel remain permitted subject to COVID-19 precautions.
    There are rules limiting the number of people who can gather in groups, and concerning the capacity of public places. More details on these can be found in the regulations published by the South African government.
    You should comply with any regulations set out by the South African government. See details on regulations and guidance.

    Read more
    23.02.2021
  • South Africa Latest News: Government will reopen 20 land borders next week after closure because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 13.02.2021). Government extends COVID-19 restrictions, closes 20 land borders until at least 15 February (CNN, 12.01.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to South Africa: *Entry to South Africa: Strict health protocols are in place for international travellers to South Africa. You will need to produce a paper copy of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test to border officials upon arrival in South Africa. The test must have taken place no more than 72 hours before your departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test.
    We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once on your journey. If you do not present proof of a test upon arrival, you may be required enter a government quarantine facility at your own cost. You will need to complete and produce an online travel health questionnaire on your personal device before arriving in South Africa. The questionnaire is available from the South Africa Department of Health.
    You should arrange to take a private test. 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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) result not older than 72 hours from the time of departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. This certificate is valid for 14 days. You cannot currently enter and exit South Africa via land borders. Foreign nationals in South Africa with expired visas and permits may legally remain in South Africa until 31 March 2021 without being declared as undesirable when leaving. For any questions regarding the process to enter South Africa, you should speak to your local South African High Commission.
    *Transiting South Africa: It is possible to transit South Africa and travel to a third country via air. If you wish to transit through South Africa, you must bring a paper copy of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test result. The test should not be older than 72 hours from the time of departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once on your journey. If you cannot produce a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test then you may have to enter a government quarantine facility at your own cost. You will need to complete and produce an online travel health questionnaire on your personal device before arriving in South Africa. The questionnaire is available from the South Africa Department of Health.
    *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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) 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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test.
    *Data collection: The South African government requires you to complete a health declaration form with your details on arrival, including your address, contact information, and recent travel history. This can also be completed online at South Africa Department of Health.
    *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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in South Africa: Some internal flights are operating. You must wear a mask if using public transport, which is operating with strict hygiene requirements and reduced passenger numbers. Children aged six years or younger are not required to wear a face mask. 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, with protective measures in place. 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. Level three restrictions are in place across the country.
    *National restrictions: Level three lockdown restrictions are in place across the country. There is a curfew between 11pm and 4am. You are legally required to wear a face mask when in public and may face a fine or imprisonment for breaking this rule. You should ensure you are in your accommodation before the curfew begins. Road blocks are used to enforce curfew in some places. International and interprovincial travel remain permitted subject to COVID-19 precautions.
    There are rules limiting the number of people who can gather in groups, and concerning the capacity of public places. More details on these can be found in the regulations published by the South African government.
    You should comply with any regulations set out by the South African government. See details on regulations and guidance.

    Read more
    19.02.2021
  • South Africa Latest News: Government will reopen 20 land borders next week after closure because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 13.02.2021). Government extends COVID-19 restrictions, closes 20 land borders until at least 15 February (CNN, 12.01.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to South Africa: *Entry to South Africa: Strict health protocols are in place for international travellers to South Africa. You will need to produce a paper copy of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test to border officials upon arrival in South Africa. The test must have taken place no more than 72 hours before your departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test.
    We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once on your journey. If you do not present proof of a test upon arrival, you may be required enter a government quarantine facility at your own cost. You will need to complete and produce an online travel health questionnaire on your personal device before arriving in South Africa. The questionnaire is available from the South Africa Department of Health.
    You should arrange to take a private test. 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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) result not older than 72 hours from the time of departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. This certificate is valid for 14 days. You cannot currently enter and exit South Africa via land borders. Foreign nationals in South Africa with expired visas and permits may legally remain in South Africa until 31 March 2021 without being declared as undesirable when leaving. For any questions regarding the process to enter South Africa, you should speak to your local South African High Commission.
    *Transiting South Africa: It is possible to transit South Africa and travel to a third country via air. If you wish to transit through South Africa, you must bring a paper copy of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test result. The test should not be older than 72 hours from the time of departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once on your journey. If you cannot produce a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test then you may have to enter a government quarantine facility at your own cost. You will need to complete and produce an online travel health questionnaire on your personal device before arriving in South Africa. The questionnaire is available from the South Africa Department of Health.
    *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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) 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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test.
    *Data collection: The South African government requires you to complete a health declaration form with your details on arrival, including your address, contact information, and recent travel history. This can also be completed online at South Africa Department of Health.
    *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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in South Africa: Some internal flights are operating. You must wear a mask if using public transport, which is operating with strict hygiene requirements and reduced passenger numbers. Children aged six years or younger are not required to wear a face mask. 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, with protective measures in place. 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. Level three restrictions are in place across the country.
    *National restrictions: Level three lockdown restrictions are in place across the country. There is a curfew between 11pm and 4am. You are legally required to wear a face mask when in public and may face a fine or imprisonment for breaking this rule. You should ensure you are in your accommodation before the curfew begins. Road blocks are used to enforce curfew in some places. International and interprovincial travel remain permitted subject to COVID-19 precautions.
    There are rules limiting the number of people who can gather in groups, and concerning the capacity of public places. More details on these can be found in the regulations published by the South African government. You should comply with any regulations set out by the South African government. See details on regulations and guidance.

    Read more
    15.02.2021
  • South Africa Latest News: Airlink will resume flights to Skukuza Airport from 28 January (Engineering News, 27.01.2021). Government extends COVID-19 restrictions, closes 20 land borders until at least 15 February (CNN, 12.01.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to South Africa: South Africa’s land borders are closed until 15 February. You will need to enter and exit South Africa by air. South African citizens, permanent residents, and individuals with a long-term temporary resident visa may still enter South Africa via land borders. Strict health protocols are in place for international travellers to South Africa. You will need to produce a paper copy of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test to border officials upon arrival in South Africa. The test must have taken place no more than 72 hours before your departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once on your journey. If you do not present proof of a test upon arrival, you may be required enter a government quarantine facility at your own cost. You will need to complete and produce an online travel health questionnaire on your personal device before arriving in South Africa. The questionnaire is available from the South Africa Department of Health.
    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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) result not older than 72 hours from the time of departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. This certificate is valid for 14 days. You cannot currently enter and exit South Africa via land borders. Foreign nationals in South Africa with expired visas and permits may legally remain in South Africa until 31 March 2021 without being declared as undesirable when leaving. For any questions regarding the process to enter South Africa, you should speak to your local South African High Commission.
    *Transiting South Africa: It is possible to transit South Africa and travel to a third country via air. Land borders are currently closed. If you wish to transit through South Africa, you must bring a paper copy of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test result. The test should not be older than 72 hours from the time of departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once on your journey. If you cannot produce a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test then you may have to enter a government quarantine facility at your own cost. You will need to complete and produce an online travel health questionnaire on your personal device before arriving in South Africa. The questionnaire is available from the South Africa Department of Health.
    *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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) 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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test.
    *Data collection: The South African government requires you to complete a health declaration form with your details on arrival, including your address, contact information, and recent travel history. This can also be completed online at South Africa Department of Health
    *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.
    .

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in South Africa: Some internal flights are operating. You must wear a mask if using public transport, which is operating with strict hygiene requirements and reduced passenger numbers. Children aged six years or younger are not required to wear a face mask. 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, with protective measures in place. 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 hereCOVID-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. Level three restrictions are in place across the country.
    -National restrictions: Level three lockdown restrictions are in place across the country. There is a curfew between 11pm and 4am. You are legally required to wear a face mask when in public and may face a fine or imprisonment for breaking this rule. You should ensure you are in your accommodation before the curfew begins. Road blocks are used to enforce curfew in some places. International and interprovincial travel remain permitted subject to COVID-19 precautions. There are rules limiting the number of people who can gather in groups, and concerning the capacity of public places. More details on these can be found in the regulations published by the South African government. You should comply with any regulations set out by the South African government. See details on regulations and guidance.

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    04.02.2021
  • South Africa Latest News: Government extends COVID-19 restrictions, closes 20 land borders until at least 15 February (CNN, 12.01.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to South Africa: South Africa’s land borders are closed until 15 February. You will need to enter and exit South Africa by air. South African citizens, permanent residents, and individuals with a long-term temporary resident visa may still enter South Africa via land borders. Strict health protocols are in place for international travellers to South Africa. You will need to produce a paper copy of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test to border officials upon arrival in South Africa. The test must have taken place no more than 72 hours before your departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once on your journey. If you do not present proof of a test upon arrival, you may be required enter a government quarantine facility at your own cost. You will need to complete and produce an online travel health questionnaire on your personal device before arriving in South Africa. The questionnaire is available from the South Africa Department of Health.
    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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) result not older than 72 hours from the time of departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. This certificate is valid for 14 days. You cannot currently enter and exit South Africa via land borders. Foreign nationals in South Africa with expired visas and permits may legally remain in South Africa until 31 March 2021 without being declared as undesirable when leaving. For any questions regarding the process to enter South Africa, you should speak to your local South African High Commission.
    *Transiting South Africa: It is possible to transit South Africa and travel to a third country via air. Land borders are currently closed. If you wish to transit through South Africa, you must bring a paper copy of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test result. The test should not be older than 72 hours from the time of departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once on your journey. If you cannot produce a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test then you may have to enter a government quarantine facility at your own cost. You will need to complete and produce an online travel health questionnaire on your personal device before arriving in South Africa. The questionnaire is available from the South Africa Department of Health.
    *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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) 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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test.
    *Data collection: The South African government requires you to complete a health declaration form with your details on arrival, including your address, contact information, and recent travel history. This can also be completed online at South Africa Department of Health
    *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.
    .

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in South Africa: Some internal flights are operating. You must wear a mask if using public transport, which is operating with strict hygiene requirements and reduced passenger numbers. Children aged six years or younger are not required to wear a face mask. 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, with protective measures in place. 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. Level three restrictions are in place across the country, with some additional restrictions in areas declared ‘hotspots’.

    *National restrictions: Level three lockdown restrictions are in place across the country. There is a curfew between 9pm and 5am. You are legally required to wear a face mask when in public and may face a fine or imprisonment for breaking this rule. Sales of alcohol are prohibited and consumption of alcohol in public spaces has been banned. You should ensure you are in your accommodation before the curfew begins. Road blocks are used to enforce curfew in some places. International and interprovincial travel remain permitted subject to COVID-19 precautions.
    There are rules limiting the number of people who can gather in groups, and concerning the capacity of public places. More details on these can be found in the regulations published by the South African government.
    The government has declared 26 areas as ‘hotspots’, including Cape Town, Johannesburg, the Garden Route, and the Cape Winelands. A full list of hotspots is available here. All beaches, dams, lakes and rivers, including recreational facilities at these places, are closed in ‘hotspot’ areas. Beaches in non-hot spot areas are open from 9am to 7pm and are subject to strict health protocols.
    You should comply with any regulations set out by the South African government. See details on regulations and guidance.

    Read more
    22.01.2021
  • South Africa Latest News: Government extends COVID-19 restrictions, closes 20 land borders until at least 15 February (CNN, 12.01.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to South Africa: South Africa’s land borders are closed until 15 February. You will need to enter and exit South Africa by air. South African citizens, permanent residents, and individuals with a long-term temporary resident visa may still enter South Africa via land borders. In response to a new variant of COVID-19 in South Africa, from 24 December direct flights from South Africa have been suspended. Visitors arriving into the UK who have been in or transited through South Africa in the previous 10 days will not be permitted entry. British and Irish citizens, and third country nationals with residence rights in the UK, will still be able to enter via indirect routes from South Africa. You will be required to complete a passenger locator form and must self-isolate for ten days after your arrival, along with your household. If you only hold a visit visa for travel to the UK, you will not be able to enter if you have been in South Africa in the past 10 days.
    From 1 January those with residence rights includes: holders of Indefinite Leave to Remain; holders of existing leave to enter or remain (i.e those with biometric Residence permits) or an entry clearance/visa that grants such leave e.g. students, workers, etc (excluding visit visas); holders of EU Settlement Scheme (“EUSS”) leave; those who have rights of entry under the Withdrawal Agreements (including returning residents with a right of residence under the EEA Regulations and EEA frontier workers); family members of EEA nationals with rights under the Withdrawal Agreement.
    In response to the new variant, some third countries, including major transit destinations, have also cancelled flights to and from South Africa. If you have a ticket to South Africa booked, you should check with your airline before travelling. You are likely to need a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test before international travel to and from South Africa. You should check with your airline before travelling about any COVID-19 requirements, including testing.
    PCR COVID-19 tests are widely available from private medical facilities and some chemists in South Africa. If you need help finding a COVID-19 PCR test provider you should call The National Institute for Communicable Diseases helpline of (+27) 0800 029 999 for advice on possible testing facilities.
    Strict health protocols are also in place for international travellers arriving into South Africa. You will need to show a paper copy of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test to border officials upon arrival in South Africa. The test must have taken place no more than 72 hours before your departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. You should carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once during your journey. If you do not present proof of a test upon arrival, you may be required to enter a government quarantine facility at your own cost. Children under 5 are not required to provide a PCR test result.
    You will need to complete and produce an online travel health questionnaire on your personal device before arriving in South Africa. The questionnaire is available from the South Africa Department of Health.
    Land borders between South Africa and neighbouring countries have been closed until 15 February 2021. You can currently only enter South Africa by air. Flights between South Africa and neighbouring countries remain open.

    *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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test result. The test should not be older than 72 hours from the time of departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once on your journey. If you cannot produce a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test then you may have to enter a government quarantine facility at your own cost. You will need to complete and produce an online travel health questionnaire on your personal device before arriving in South Africa. The questionnaire is available from the South Africa Department of Health.
    *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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) 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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test.
    *Data collection: The South African government requires you to complete a health declaration form with your details on arrival, including your address, contact information, and recent travel history. This can also be completed online at South Africa Department of Health
    .
    *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.
    .

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in South Africa: Some internal flights are operating. You must wear a mask if using public transport, which is operating with strict hygiene requirements and reduced passenger numbers. Children aged six years or younger are not required to wear a face mask. 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, with protective measures in place. 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. Level three restrictions are in place across the country, with some additional restrictions in areas declared ‘hotspots’.

    *National restrictions: Level three lockdown restrictions are in place across the country. There is a curfew between 9pm and 5am. You are legally required to wear a face mask when in public and may face a fine or imprisonment for breaking this rule. Sales of alcohol are prohibited and consumption of alcohol in public spaces has been banned. You should ensure you are in your accommodation before the curfew begins. Road blocks are used to enforce curfew in some places. International and interprovincial travel remain permitted subject to COVID-19 precautions.
    There are rules limiting the number of people who can gather in groups, and concerning the capacity of public places. More details on these can be found in the regulations published by the South African government.
    The government has declared 26 areas as ‘hotspots’, including Cape Town, Johannesburg, the Garden Route, and the Cape Winelands. A full list of hotspots is available here. All beaches, dams, lakes and rivers, including recreational facilities at these places, are closed in ‘hotspot’ areas. Beaches in non-hot spot areas are open from 9am to 7pm and are subject to strict health protocols.
    You should comply with any regulations set out by the South African government. See details on regulations and guidance.

    Read more
    15.01.2021
  • South Africa Latest News: Government extends COVID-19 restrictions, closes 20 land borders until at least 15 February (CNN, 12.01.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to South Africa: Strict health protocols are in place for international travellers to South Africa. You will need to produce a paper copy of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test to border officials upon arrival in South Africa. The test must have taken place no more than 72 hours before your departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once on your journey. If you do not present proof of a test upon arrival, you may be required enter a government quarantine facility at your own cost. You will need to complete and produce an online travel health questionnaire on your personal device before arriving in South Africa. The questionnaire is available from the South Africa Department of Health. 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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) result not older than 72 hours from the time of departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. 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 High Commission.
    *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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test result. The test should not be older than 72 hours from the time of departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once on your journey. If you cannot produce a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test then you may have to enter a government quarantine facility at your own cost. You will need to complete and produce an online travel health questionnaire on your personal device before arriving in South Africa. The questionnaire is available from the South Africa Department of Health.
    *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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) 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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test.
    *Data collection: The South African government requires you to complete a health declaration form with your details on arrival, including your address, contact information, and recent travel history. This can also be completed online at South Africa Department of Health
    .
    *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.
    .

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in South Africa: Some internal flights are operating. You must wear a mask if using public transport, which is operating with strict hygiene requirements and reduced passenger numbers. Children aged six years or younger are not required to wear a face mask. 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, with protective measures in place. 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. Level three restrictions are in place across the country, with some additional restrictions in areas declared ‘hotspots’.

    *National restrictions: Level three lockdown restrictions are in place across the country. There is a curfew between 9pm and 5am. You are legally required to wear a face mask when in public and may face a fine or imprisonment for breaking this rule. Sales of alcohol are prohibited and consumption of alcohol in public spaces has been banned. You should ensure you are in your accommodation before the curfew begins. Road blocks are used to enforce curfew in some places. International and interprovincial travel remain permitted subject to COVID-19 precautions. There are rules limiting the number of people who can gather in groups, and concerning the capacity of public places. More details on these can be found in the regulations published by the South African government. The government has declared 26 areas as ‘hotspots’, including Cape Town, Johannesburg, the Garden Route, and the Cape Winelands. A full list of hotspots is available here. All beaches, dams, lakes and rivers, including recreational facilities at these places, are closed in ‘hotspot’ areas. Beaches in non-hot spot areas are open from 9am to 7pm and are subject to strict health protocols. You should comply with any regulations set out by the South African government. See details on regulations and guidance.

    Read more
    12.01.2021
  • South Africa Latest News: Government extends night-time curfew; most indoor, outdoor gatherings prohibited for 14 days; other restrictions reported following increase in COVID-19 infections (The South African, 28.12.2020). Metrorail suspends all operations in Cape Town on 28 December after COVID-19 infection at management center (CapeTown etc, 28.12.2020). British authorities halt flights from South Africa (Reuters, 23.12.2020). U.S. Consulate reminds travelers of potential flight cancellations and rerouting following increase COVID-19 infection rates in country (OSAC, 22.12.2020). Israel, Saudi Arabia governments also ban flights to South Africa because of new COVID-19 variant (Reuters, 21.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    In response to a new variant of COVID-19 in South Africa, from 9am on 24 December direct flights from South Africa have been suspended. Visitors arriving into the UK who have been in or transited through South Africa in the previous 10 days will not be permitted entry. British and Irish citizens, and third country nationals with residence rights in the UK, will still be able to enter via indirect routes from South Africa. You will be required to complete a passenger locator form and must self-isolate for ten days after your arrival, along with your household. If you only hold a visit visa for travel to the UK, you will not be able to enter if you have been in South Africa in the past 10 days. In response to the new variant, some third countries, including major transit destinations, have also cancelled flights to and from South Africa.
    Strict health protocols are in place for international travellers to South Africa. You will need to show a paper copy of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test to border officials upon arrival in South Africa. The test must have taken place no more than 72 hours before your departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. You should carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once during your journey. If you do not present proof of a test upon arrival, you may be required to enter a government quarantine facility at your own cost. You will need to complete and produce an online travel health questionnaire on your personal device before arriving in South Africa. The questionnaire is available from the South Africa Department of Health.
    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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) result not older than 72 hours from the time of departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. 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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test result. The test should not be older than 72 hours from the time of departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once on your journey. If you cannot produce a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test then you may have to enter a government quarantine facility at your own cost. You will need to complete and produce an online travel health questionnaire on your personal device before arriving in South Africa. The questionnaire is available from the South Africa Department of Health.
    *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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) 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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test.
    *Data collection: The South African government requires you to complete a health declaration form with your details on arrival, including your address, contact information, and recent travel history.
    *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:
    *Travel in South Africa: Some internal flights are operating. You must wear a mask if using public transport, which is operating with strict hygiene requirements and reduced passenger numbers. Children aged 24 months or younger are not required to wear a face mask. However, regulations state that children aged two to five years should be ‘encouraged’ to wear a face mask while 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, with protective measures in place. 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 publishedCOVID-19 guidelines *National restrictions: Level three lockdown restrictions are in place across the country. There is a curfew between 9pm and 6am. You are legally required to wear a face mask when in public and may face a fine or imprisonment for breaking this rule. Sales of alcohol are prohibited and consumption of alcohol in public spaces has been banned. You should ensure you are in your accommodation before the curfew begins. Road blocks are used to enforce curfew in some places. International and interprovincial travel remain permitted subject to COVID-19 precautions.
    There are rules limiting the number of people who can gather in groups, and concerning the capacity of public places. More details on these can be found in the regulations published by the South African government.
    The government has declared 26 areas as ‘hotspots’, including Cape Town, Johannesburg, the Garden Route, and the Cape Winelands. A full list of hotspots is available here. All beaches, dams, lakes and rivers, including recreational facilities at these places, are closed in ‘hotspot’ areas. Beaches in non-hot spot areas are open from 9am to 7pm and are subject to strict health protocols. You should comply with any regulations set out by the South African government. See details on regulations and guidance.

    Read more
    31.12.2020
  • South Africa Latest News: Government extends night-time curfew; most indoor, outdoor gatherings prohibited for 14 days; other restrictions reported following increase in COVID-19 infections (The South African, 28.12.2020). Metrorail suspends all operations in Cape Town on 28 December after COVID-19 infection at management center (CapeTown etc, 28.12.2020). British authorities halt flights from South Africa (Reuters, 23.12.2020). U.S. Consulate reminds travelers of potential flight cancellations and rerouting following increase COVID-19 infection rates in country (OSAC, 22.12.2020). Israel, Saudi Arabia governments also ban flights to South Africa because of new COVID-19 variant (Reuters, 21.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    In response to a new variant of COVID-19 in South Africa, from 9am on 24 December direct flights from South Africa have been suspended. Visitors arriving into the UK who have been in or transited through South Africa in the previous 10 days will not be permitted entry. British and Irish citizens, and third country nationals with residence rights in the UK, will still be able to enter via indirect routes from South Africa. You will be required to complete a passenger locator form and must self-isolate for ten days after your arrival, along with your household. If you only hold a visit visa for travel to the UK, you will not be able to enter if you have been in South Africa in the past 10 days. In response to the new variant, some third countries, including major transit destinations, have also cancelled flights to and from South Africa.
    Strict health protocols are in place for international travellers to South Africa. You will need to show a paper copy of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test to border officials upon arrival in South Africa. The test must have taken place no more than 72 hours before your departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. You should carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once during your journey. If you do not present proof of a test upon arrival, you may be required to enter a government quarantine facility at your own cost. You will need to complete and produce an online travel health questionnaire on your personal device before arriving in South Africa. The questionnaire is available from the South Africa Department of Health.
    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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) result not older than 72 hours from the time of departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. 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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test result. The test should not be older than 72 hours from the time of departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once on your journey. If you cannot produce a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test then you may have to enter a government quarantine facility at your own cost. You will need to complete and produce an online travel health questionnaire on your personal device before arriving in South Africa. The questionnaire is available from the South Africa Department of Health.
    *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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) 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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test.
    *Data collection: The South African government requires you to complete a health declaration form with your details on arrival, including your address, contact information, and recent travel history.
    *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:
    *Travel in South Africa: Some internal flights are operating. You must wear a mask if using public transport, which is operating with strict hygiene requirements and reduced passenger numbers. Children aged 24 months or younger are not required to wear a face mask. However, regulations state that children aged two to five years should be ‘encouraged’ to wear a face mask while 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, with protective measures in place. 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. Level three restrictions are in place across the country, with some additional restrictions in areas declared ‘hotspots’.
    *National restrictions: Level three lockdown restrictions are in place across the country. There is a curfew between 9pm and 6am. You are legally required to wear a face mask when in public and may face a fine or imprisonment for breaking this rule. Sales of alcohol are prohibited and consumption of alcohol in public spaces has been banned. You should ensure you are in your accommodation before the curfew begins. Road blocks are used to enforce curfew in some places. International and interprovincial travel remain permitted subject to COVID-19 precautions. If it is essential for you to travel during curfew to catch an international flight then you should carry relevant documentation to prove why you are travelling. There are rules limiting the number of people who can gather in groups, and concerning the capacity of public places. More details on these can be found in the regulations published by the South African government. The government has declared 26 areas as ‘hotspots’, including Cape Town, Johannesburg, the Garden Route, and the Cape Winelands. A full list of hotspots is available here. All beaches, dams, lakes and rivers, including recreational facilities at these places, are closed in ‘hotspot’ areas. Beaches in non-hot spot areas are open from 9am to 7pm and are subject to strict health protocols. You should comply with any regulations set out by the South African government. See details on regulations and guidance.

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    29.12.2020
  • South Africa Latest News: British authorities halt flights from South Africa (Reuters, 23.12.2020).. U.S. Consulate reminds travelers of potential flight cancellations and rerouting following increase COVID-19 infection rates in country (OSAC, 22.12.2020). Israel, Saudi Arabia governments also ban flights to South Africa because of new COVID-19 variant (Reuters, 21.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    In response to a new variant of COVID-19 in South Africa, from 9am on 24 December direct flights from South Africa have been suspended. Some third countries, including major transit destinations, have also cancelled flights to and from South Africa. Strict health protocols are in place for international travellers to South Africa. You will need to show a paper copy of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test to border officials upon arrival in South Africa. The test must have taken place no more than 72 hours before your departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. You should carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once during your journey. If you do not present proof of a test upon arrival, you may be required to enter a government quarantine facility at your own cost. You will need to complete and produce an online travel health questionnaire on your personal device before arriving in South Africa. The questionnaire is available from the South Africa Department of Health.
    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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) result not older than 72 hours from the time of departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. 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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test result. The test should not be older than 72 hours from the time of departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once on your journey. If you cannot produce a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test then you may have to enter a government quarantine facility at your own cost. You will need to complete and produce an online travel health questionnaire on your personal device before arriving in South Africa. The questionnaire is available from the South Africa Department of Health.
    *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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) 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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test.
    *Data collection: The South African government requires you to complete a health declaration form with your details on arrival, including your address, contact information, and recent travel history.
    *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:
    *Travel in South Africa – Some internal flights are operating. You must wear a mask if using public transport, which is operating with strict hygiene requirements and reduced passenger numbers. You are required to wear a face mask when in public. Children aged 24 months or younger are not required to wear a face mask. However, regulations state that children aged two to five years should be ‘encouraged’ to wear a face mask while 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. Level one restrictions are in place across the country, but they may be enhanced in different provinces or districts (see additional local restrictions below).

    *National restrictions – Level one lockdown restrictions are in place across the country. There is a curfew between 11pm and 4am (with some regional variations). Consumption of alcohol in public spaces has been banned. You should ensure you are in your accommodation before the curfew begins. Road blocks are used to enforce curfew in some places.
    Some beaches and public parks are temporarily closed (see below). Others are open from 9am to 6pm and are subject to strict health protocols. There are rules limiting the number of people who can gather in groups, and concerning the capacity of public places. More details on these can be found in the regulations published by the South African government.
    *Additional local restrictions – The Western Cape’s Garden Route district, as well as the Eastern Cape’s Nelson Mandela Bay metropolitan and Sarah Baartman district have been declared ‘hotspots’ by the government and have been placed under additional restrictions.
    In these districts additional restrictions have been introduced to slow the spread of coronavirus. Curfew starts at 10pm (as opposed to beginning at 11pm elsewhere), and further restrictions are in place on alcohol sales. All beaches and public parks in the Eastern Cape and on the Garden Route are closed from 16 December until 03 January. Other level one restrictions continue to apply. Beaches and public parks in KwaZulu-Natal are open from 9am to 6pm but will be closed on 16, 25, 26 and 31 December as well as from 01-03 January. Beach festivals, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve parties have been prohibited.
    Although specific restrictions have been introduced on the Garden Route and in Nelson Mandela Bay, you should be aware that the whole country is experiencing a second wave. Coronavirus cases continue to rise in the Western Cape, Gauteng and Kwa-Zulu Natal, including in major cities. You should take extra care and follow social distancing guidelines.
    You should comply with any regulations set out by the South African government. See details on guidelines and relief.

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    24.12.2020
  • South Africa Latest News: Israel, Saudi Arabia governments also ban flights to South Africa because of new COVID-19 variant (Reuters, 21.12.2020). Long-distance train services between cities resume after suspension because of COVID-19 (Xinhua, 28.11.2020). President to allow travel to all countries subject to health protocols (Reuters, 11.11.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to South Africa: International air travel to South Africa has resumed. You will need to produce a paper copy of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test to border officials upon arrival in South Africa. The test must have taken place no more than 72 hours before your departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once on your journey. If you do not present proof of a test upon arrival, you may be required enter a government quarantine facility at your own cost. You will need to complete and produce an online travel health questionnaire on your personal device before arriving in South Africa. The questionnaire is available from the South Africa Department of Health.
    In response to the new variant, some third countries, including major transit destinations, have cancelled flights to and from South Africa. If you have a ticket to South Africa booked, you should check with your airline before travelling.
    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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) result not older than 72 hours from the time of departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. 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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test result. The test should not be older than 72 hours from the time of departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once on your journey. If you cannot produce a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test then you may have to enter a government quarantine facility at your own cost. You will need to complete and produce an online travel health questionnaire on your personal device before arriving in South Africa. The questionnaire is available from the South Africa Department of Health.
    *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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) 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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test.
    *Data collection: The South African government requires you to complete a health declaration form with your details on arrival, including your address, contact information, and recent travel history.
    *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:
    *Travel in South Africa – You must wear a mask if using public transport, which is operating with strict hygiene requirements and reduced passenger numbers. You are required to wear a face mask when in public. Children aged 24 months or younger are not required to wear a face mask. However, regulations state that children aged two to five years should be ‘encouraged’ to wear a face mask while 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. Level one restrictions are in place across the country, but they may be enhanced in different provinces or districts (see additional local restrictions below).

    *National restrictions – Level one lockdown restrictions are in place across the country. There is a curfew between 11pm and 4am (with some regional variations). Consumption of alcohol in public spaces has been banned. You should ensure you are in your accommodation before the curfew begins. Road blocks are used to enforce curfew in some places.
    Some beaches and public parks are temporarily closed (see below). Others are open from 9am to 6pm and are subject to strict health protocols. There are rules limiting the number of people who can gather in groups, and concerning the capacity of public places. More details on these can be found in the regulations published by the South African government.
    *Additional local restrictions – The Western Cape’s Garden Route district, as well as the Eastern Cape’s Nelson Mandela Bay metropolitan and Sarah Baartman district have been declared ‘hotspots’ by the government and have been placed under additional restrictions.
    In these districts additional restrictions have been introduced to slow the spread of coronavirus. Curfew starts at 10pm (as opposed to beginning at 11pm elsewhere), and further restrictions are in place on alcohol sales. All beaches and public parks in the Eastern Cape and on the Garden Route are closed from 16 December until 03 January. Other level one restrictions continue to apply. Beaches and public parks in KwaZulu-Natal are open from 9am to 6pm but will be closed on 16, 25, 26 and 31 December as well as from 01-03 January. Beach festivals, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve parties have been prohibited. You should comply with any regulations set out by the South African government. See details on guidelines and relief.

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    21.12.2020
  • South Africa Latest News: Long-distance train services between cities resume after suspension because of COVID-19 (Xinhua, 28.11.2020). President to allow travel to all countries subject to health protocols (Reuters, 11.11.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to South Africa: International air travel to South Africa has resumed. You will need to produce a paper copy of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test to border officials upon arrival in South Africa. The test must have taken place no more than 72 hours before your departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once on your journey. If you do not present proof of a test upon arrival, you may be required enter a government quarantine facility at your own cost. You will need to complete and produce an online travel health questionnaire on your personal device before arriving in South Africa. The questionnaire is available from the South Africa Department of Health.
    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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) result not older than 72 hours from the time of departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. 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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test result. The test should not be older than 72 hours from the time of departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once on your journey. If you cannot produce a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test then you may have to enter a government quarantine facility at your own cost. You will need to complete and produce an online travel health questionnaire on your personal device before arriving in South Africa. The questionnaire is available from the South Africa Department of Health.
    *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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) 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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test.
    *Data collection: The South African government requires you to complete a health declaration form with your details on arrival, including your address, contact information, and recent travel history.
    *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:
    *Travel in South Africa – You must wear a mask if using public transport, which is operating with strict hygiene requirements and reduced passenger numbers. You are required to wear a face mask when in public. Children aged 24 months or younger are not required to wear a face mask. However, regulations state that children aged two to five years should be ‘encouraged’ to wear a face mask while 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. Level one restrictions are in place across the country, but they may be enhanced in different provinces or districts (see additional local restrictions below).

    *National restrictions – Level one lockdown restrictions are in place across the country. There is a curfew between midnight and 4am (with some regional variations). You should ensure you are in your accommodation before the curfew begins. Road blocks are used to enforce curfew in some places. Beaches and public parks are now open, but are subject to strict health protocols. There are rules limiting the number of people who can gather in groups, and concerning the capacity of public places. More details on these can be found in the regulations published by the South African government.
    *Additional local restrictions – In Nelson Mandela Bay, additional restrictions have been introduced to slow the spread of coronavirus in that area. Curfew there starts at 10pm (as opposed to beginning at midnight elsewhere), and further restrictions are in place on alcohol sales. Other level one restrictions continue to apply. You should comply with any regulations set out by the South African government. See details on guidelines and relief.

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    15.12.2020
  • South Africa Latest News: Long-distance train services between cities resume after suspension because of COVID-19 (Xinhua, 28.11.2020). President to allow travel to all countries subject to health protocols (Reuters, 11.11.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    International commercial air travel to South Africa has resumed, but strict health protocols are in place.
    *Entry to South Africa: International commercial air travel to South Africa has resumed. You will be required to produce a paper copy of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test upon arrival in South Africa. The test must have taken place no more than 72 hours before your departure. We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it at different points on your journey. If you do not present proof of a test upon arrival, you may be required to quarantine in a government quarantine facility at your own cost.
    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 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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) 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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test result. The test should not be older than 72 hours from the time of departure. We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it at different points on your journey. If you cannot produce a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) 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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) 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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test.
    *Data collection: The South African government requires you to complete a health declaration form with your details on arrival, including your address, contact information, and recent travel history.
    *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:
    *Travel in South Africa – You must wear a mask if using public transport, which is operating with strict hygiene requirements and reduced passenger numbers. You are required to wear a face mask when in public. Children aged 24 months or younger are not required to wear a face mask. However, regulations state that children aged two to five years should be ‘encouraged’ to wear a face mask while 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. Level one restrictions are in place across the country, but they may be enhanced in different provinces or districts (see additional local restrictions below).

    *National restrictions – Level one lockdown restrictions are in place across the country. There is a curfew between midnight and 4am (with some regional variations). You should ensure you are in your accommodation before the curfew begins. Road blocks are used to enforce curfew in some places. Beaches and public parks are now open, but are subject to strict health protocols. There are rules limiting the number of people who can gather in groups, and concerning the capacity of public places. More details on these can be found in the regulations published by the South African government.
    *Additional local restrictions – In Nelson Mandela Bay, additional restrictions have been introduced to slow the spread of coronavirus in that area. Curfew there starts at 10pm (as opposed to beginning at midnight elsewhere), and further restrictions are in place on alcohol sales. Other level one restrictions continue to apply. You should comply with any regulations set out by the South African government. See details on guidelines and relief.

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    08.12.2020
  • South Africa Latest News: Long-distance train services between cities resume after suspension because of COVID-19 (Xinhua, 28.11.2020). 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 commercial air travel to South Africa has resumed. You will be required to produce a paper copy of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test upon arrival in South Africa. The test must have taken place no more than 72 hours before your departure. We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it at different points on your journey. If you do not present proof of a test upon arrival, you may be required to quarantine in a government quarantine facility at your own cost.
    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 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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) 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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test result. The test should not be older than 72 hours from the time of departure. We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it at different points on your journey. If you cannot produce a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) 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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) 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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test.
    *Data collection: The South African government requires you to complete a health declaration form with your details on arrival, including your address, contact information, and recent travel history.
    *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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    30.11.2020
  • 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.

    Read more
    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.

    Read more
    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.

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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, 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.

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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, 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)

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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. 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.

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    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.

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