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South Africa Entry Rules in Response to Coronavirus
Aug 31, 2021

The coronavirus has impacted every aspect of our lives. People fear going outside or physical interaction in case they catch the dreaded virus. This has crippled many industries especially when it comes to tourism and the entertainment industry. We also have to accept the new normal which includes wearing face masks and social distancing.

However, the borders are slowly starting to open and people are venturing outside once again. It’s still very possible to travel to South Africa and have an amazing holiday, as long as you adhere to SA visa requirements. In today’s article, we are going to look at the restrictions and all the requirements needed to enter this beautiful country.

Keeping Up with the Changes

The alert levels change quickly so it can be frustrating especially for business executives that need to travel for work. As the restrictions now stand all South African borders are open. International travel is allowed to South Africa as long as passengers produce a negative COVID-19 test that is no older than 72 hours on arrival.

What’s more there are airports that are in operation which include:

  • King Shaka International -Durban
  • OR Tambo International Airport – Johannesburg
  • Cape Town International
  • King Shaka International – Durban
  • All commercial seaports

There are no unusual visa requirements and pre-approval for business travel isn’t necessary.

Requirements to Enter South Africa

When travelling to South Africa you will need to present a negative COVID-19 test that isn’t older than 72hours. We suggest that you keep the original test, and make at least several additional copies. You will be asked to provide it at every checkpoint. For the test to be valid it must include your personal details and the name and contact details of the laboratory that performed the test.

You’ll also need the following:

  • A visa and passport that is valid for at least 6 months from your date of entry into the country
  • Travel insurance
  • You may be required to take a COVID-19 antigen test for your own cost on arrival
  • The NHS test is not permitted, only private tests will be accepted. It’s important to remember that the test is only valid for 14 days.

The Screening Process

On arrival, you will need to be screened. The first step is to have your temperature taken and to complete a health questioner. You will be examined for possible COVID-19 symptoms and asked to provide your negative test results.

If you or anyone on your flight is suspected you will be required to quarantine for 10 days at your own cost. If you’re catching a connecting flight from South Africa, you will be screened upon entry and exit.

Final Thoughts

With some careful planning, visiting South Africa is still possible during these uncertain times. In adjusted alert level 3 you may have the opportunity to visit South Africa’s top resorts or destinations. Perhaps you can choose a resort that’s away from the hustle and bustle of the city so you can still practice social distancing while on holiday.




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