When South Africa first opened in October, a list of High, Medium and Low-risk countries was created, but as of November 12, has now been removed.
“We will gradually and cautiously ease restrictions on international travel… allowing travel into and out of South Africa for business, leisure and other travel with effect from the 1st of October 2020,” – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said.
“We are ready to open our doors again to the world and invite travelers to enjoy our mountains, our beaches, our vibrant cities, and our wildlife game parks in safety and confidence.” – said Ramaphosa.
South Africa closed its borders for the first time on March 27 and is one of the countries most severely affected by Covid-19, recording the eighth highest total number of cases in the world. However, after strict country-wide lockdowns the nation has recently flattened their curve and is now reporting their lowest new case numbers since May.
Entry Requirements for South Africa
All passengers will be required to present negative PCR test results, done no more than 72 hours before departure. Passengers under 5 years old are exempt from the PCR requirement.
If the passenger meets the PCR test requirements, quarantine is not required. However, if the passenger does not yield a negative PCR result, they will be asked to quarantine for 14 days.
In addition, President Ramaphosa announced that all visitors will be asked to download the government’s contact-tracking alert app during their stay in South Africa.
All passengers, regardless of whether or not they carry a negative PCR test, will still have a medical check-up, which includes a symptom check and a temperature check. Any passenger with symptoms will be subject to further examination and / or isolation.
While the nation’s airports will be open and both domestic and foreign travel will be allowed, there will still be some restrictions to help minimize the spread.
- Masks will still be required in all public spaces
- The 12:00 am (midnight) curfew will take effect
- Most gatherings will be allowed at 50% of the venue capacity (up to 250 px indoors, up to 500 px outdoors)
- Sales of alcohol for personal consumption will be permitted Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-5:00pm
- The beach will be open
- The wildlife game park and other environmental tourist spots will open
- Hotels, restaurants and other tourist properties will be open, however, they may have limited capacity, limited hours of operation and / or availability.
South Africa reopened is part of a growing reopening trend. According to World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) data, more than half of the countries have reduced their travel restrictions.