South Africa (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 07 May, 2021.


At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: A health screening and negative PCR test is required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Anyone arriving to South Africa might be required to self-quarantine, depending on screening results.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Essential only
Restaurants and Bars: Delivery/Takeout only

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 15.03.2021
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. A completed “Traveller Health Questionnaire” must be submitted not more than 2 days before departure. The questionnaire can be found at .
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 .


Detailed Tourist Information

South Africa has opened its land borders from 15 February 2021 in 20 locations to Botswana, Lesotho, Kingdom of Eswatini, Namibia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

Extra staff have been deployed at borders and a ticket system is in place to limit Covid tests being done at the border. There is also a crackdown on fake COVID_19 test certificates.

As of 22 December, some countries are restricting flights to and from South Africa due to the second wave of COVID-19 caused by a new variant of the virus. On 1 October, three international airports opened for inbound and outbound tourism.

Borders will only be open to travelers from countries arriving from medium or low-risk categories. The list of high-risk countries is available here . Eligible travelers must show a negative test for COVID-19 that is less than 72 hours old, and will be asked to install a government contact tracing app.

Lockdown Details

Religious, social, political and cultural meetings will be allowed, provided that people can stay at least 1.5 metres away from each other, and that other health protocols are also adhered to.

Indoor gatherings may not exceed 50% of venue capacity, and may allow up to a maximum of 100 people.

Outdoor gatherings may also not exceed 50% of venue capacity, but can allow up to a maximum 250 people.

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