US To South Africa Travel Restrictions, Flights News & Travel Ban In 2021 – Advisory & Requirements

This page was last updated on 29 October, 2021.


At a Glance

Most travelers from United States are allowed to enter South Africa, but there are restrictions.
Source: South African Government

South Africa: Open for Travel

Travel is allowed with restrictions
Travelers are allowed to enter South Africa by air. Please check the documentation, quarantine, and/or testing requirements before traveling.

Details and Exemptions:Some land borders remain closed.
Source: South African Government


No quarantine required
Travelers are not required to quarantine on arrival in South Africa.

Details and Exemptions:Travelers arriving without a negative COVID-19 test result are required to quarantine for 10 days on arrival in South Africa at their own cost.
Source: South African Government

COVID-19 test required

Proof of negative COVID-19 test results
Travelers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must be taken a maximum of 72 hours before departure to South Africa.

Details and Exemptions:Children or persons with disabilities may be exempted from COVID-19 testing if testing will prove to be a challenge. Please check the source for more details.
Source: South African Government

Masks are required

Masks are mandatory in public
Travelers must wear masks in public places such as on public transport.

Details and Exemptions:This requirement does not apply to:
-Travelers under the age of 6.
Source: South African Government

Other Things to Take Note Of

Health screening on arrival
Travelers are required to undergo health checks including temperature screening on arrival in South Africa.

Source: South African Government

Required Documents for your Trip

Mandatory health declaration form before arrival
Travelers are required to complete a health declaration form with details on arrival in South Africa, including address, contact information, and recent travel history.

Source: South African Government
Document: Download PDF
Mandatory COVID-19 mobile app
Travelers must install the COVID Alert South Africa mobile app on their phones.

Source: US Embassy for South Africa
Document: Get Android app
Document: Get iOS app