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

This page was last updated on 27 October, 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: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 14.10.2021
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;
– passengers with a positive COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival. They must have the original positive COVID-19 PCR test result and a letter issued by a medical practitioner showing they are fit to fly and have completed a 10 day isolation period.
3. Passengers must complete a “Traveller Health Questionnaire” upon arrival.
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 African authorities have reopened the country’s borders for international travel to and from low and medium-risk destinations as of Thursday, October 1, from countries whose coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection rates are equivalent to or lower than South Africa’s own. The country’s three main international airports, Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB), Durban’s King Shaka International Airport (DUR), and Cape Town International Airport (CPT), have resumed commercial operations. Land borders have also reopened, but secondary crossings remain closed.

Lockdown Details

The South African authorities have published COVID-19 guidelines and advice and have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus. Failure to comply could result in a fine or arrest.

South Africa has introduced a risk-based, five-level approach to lockdown restrictions. Level three restrictions are currently in place across the country.

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