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Updated: 5 days ago
On the 11th of November 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the extension of the State of Disaster in South Africa to 15 December 2020, but also listed further easing of lockdown level 1 travel and tourism restrictions and regulations.
A summary of the easing of restrictions is as follows:
Partial re-opening of borders
The 18 land borders which were partially operational, will be fully operational, and the 34 land borders which were closed, will remain closed. Travelling to and from South Africa is allowed, subject to:
The traveller providing a valid certificate of a negative test which was obtained no more than 72 hours before the date of travel
In the event of the traveller’s failure to submit a certificate as proof of a negative test, the traveller will be required to quarantine him or herself at his or her own costs
All restrictions of international travel are lifted – but stringent health, safety and hygiene protocols remain.
International air travel remains restricted to the following airports:
OR Tambo International Airport:
King Shaka International Airport;
Cape Town International Airport.
The resumption of services for visa applications shall be determined in directions issued by minister of Home Affairs, Aaron Motsoaledi.
These amendments and easing of restrictions were brought into effect as of 00H01 on 12 November 2020.
The health & safety protocols to expect include:
Screening for COVID19 symptoms and quarantine where necessary
Wearing of face masks
Sanitisation of hands and touchpoints as well as social distancing where relevant
Other precautions and protocols as required by travel/transport suppliers and destinations travelled to.
Travellers must present a completed Entry Health Screen Form (this does not apply to domestic travellers).
The government has released further requirements around Health Questionnaires and other safety protocols and procedures stipulated below:
Detailed traveller rules and regulations as stipulated by the government is as follows:
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.
Port Health screening for Covid-19 is no longer applicable within South Africa.
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.
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.
Please print out all required documents to present at check-in before boarding your flight to South Africa.
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
Completed Exit Traveller Health Questionnaire
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. Children under the age of 12 and passengers who have moderate or severe disability are excluded. The test date must not exceed more than 96 hours before departure. For return flights into South Africa on all airlines, all passengers must produce a PCR test not older than 72 hours from departure time.
Please note: The Exit 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.
What to expect at the airport:
Please note that the below notes and recommendations are for South African airports only. Procedures and rules might differ depending on the country or airport.
Make sure to be at the airport 2 hours early for domestic flights and 3-4 hours early for international flights.
Only the passenger will be allowed into the airport – drop-off and pick-up are only permitted outside the airport building.
A face mask is required at all times.
Check-in online – this minimises contact, queues, and waiting time.
Expect and adhere to maximum safety protocols applied throughout your journey.