COVID-19 TRAVEL UPDATES
Updated: 6 days ago
South Africa is open to international travel, subject to health and safety protocols. South African citizens and permanent residents are allowed entry into South Africa regardless of where you are travelling from, provided you adhere to the entry requirements (see below). Any South Africans wanting to travel overseas must check the destination entry requirements and latest international travel information, as many borders are still closed to South Africans.
South Africa is currently under Level 3 lockdown where a curfew of 9pm – 5am has been instated. This curfew may affect your flight schedule, so please check with the airline you are flying.
Please note that all information on this page is accurate and reliable at the time of publication, however, it may not reflect the very latest updates on travel bans and restrictions. It is the sole responsibility of the traveller to stay updated on the latest travel regulations.
Domestic flights between provinces are allowed and all accommodation, hospitality venues and tours are open, subject to safety protocols.
Domestic Travel Requirements:
Photo ID - ID Book, South African Driver's Licence or Passport. Children must have a Birth Certificate or a certified copy of a Birth Certificate no older than 3 months. (This does not need to be an Unabridged Birth Certificate)
Copy of E-Ticket AND boarding pass
INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS INTO SOUTH AFRICA
Valid passport and E-Ticket
*Visa to enter South Africa (if applicable)
Upon arrival into South Africa, all travellers must present a negative PCR or Covid-19 test certificate not older than 72 hours from departure time from the country of origin. Tests must be conducted and signed by a certified medical practitioner. South African authorities reserve the right to verify the authenticity of test certificates.
Passengers and crew entering South Africa via Johannesburg must fill in the digital Travel Health Questionnaire here. Once completed, you will be issued a unique number (look-up ID), to present to the Port Health Officers as part of the screening process, along with any other entry requirements.
Children below the age of 5 years do not need to provide a PCR test. Children over 5 years must produce a negative PCR test to enter South Africa. Should your child display positive symptoms or a parent tests positive while in South Africa, children below 6 years old may self-isolate with the parent without needing a test. Children under 2 years old do not have to wear masks on airplanes.
Any traveller who exhibits Covid-19 symptoms when screened upon arrival will be required to take a Covid-19 test at their own expense. Should the test display positive results, travellers will be subject to mandatory quarantine for 10 days at their own expense.
All travellers must complete an Entry Health Screen Form either prior to or on arrival.
All travellers will be screened by Port Health Officials upon arrival and departure. Those presenting symptoms must remain in quarantine until a repeat COVID-19 test is carried out.
All travellers must wear masks at all times within the airport or port of entry. Children below 6 years old do not need to wear face masks in public spaces.
Travellers must show proof of accommodation or address in South Africa in the event self-quarantine is required.
The following airports are open for international travel: OR Tambo in Joburg, King Shaka in Durban and Cape Town International Airport.
Long-term visas will be reinstated and South African visa application centres abroad will be opened.
Travellers are encouraged to install the COVID Alert SA mobile app.
EXIT REQUIREMENTS FROM SOUTH AFRICA
Valid passport and E-Ticket
Valid visa for arrival destination (if applicable)
Quarantine arrangements upon arrival (if applicable)
Any additional documents required for entry into your destination or transit country
Completed Exit Health Form
Travel insurance to cover Covid-19 related risks (highly recommended)
Always check entry requirements at your arrival destination (visas, PCR tests, any additional requirements).
All minor children (under the age of 18 years old) travelling through any South African port of entry must have an unabridged birth certificate or an equivalent document. If a child is accompanied by only one parent then a parental consent letter is needed, including a copy of the passport and contact details of the absent parent.
South Africa does not require a negative PCR test for departure unless it is required by the country you’re travelling to. Certain countries require negative PCR when transiting through them.
The Traveller Health Questionnaire must be completed for all international travel from South Africa before your arrival at the airport. Failure to produce this form may result in denied boarding, resulting in your ticket being non-refundable.
OVERLAND TRAVEL FOR DAILY COMMUTERS
Selected land borders will be closed to leisure travel until 15 February. There are a number of exemptions as listed below:
South African national,
permanent resident to the Republic,
a person with a long-term residence visa,
spouse with a visa,
child or children with visas,
a person with a work visa; and
holder of a business visa.
For a full list of exemptions, please refer to the regulations
Scholars and educators needing to commute daily from neighbouring countries are free to do so, subject to entry requirements.
Travellers must wear face masks.
Learners and scholars commuting daily across the border do not need to produce a negative PCR test.
Children below the age of 5 years do not need to provide a PCR test. Children over 5 years must produce a negative PCR test to enter South Africa.
Travellers must present a completed Entry Health Screen Form (this does not apply to domestic travellers).