South Africa

Updated 16November 2020


International travel has now resumed to and from South Africa. However, anyone travelling to South Africa will be required to produce a paper copy of a negative COVID-19 upon arrival. The test should have been taken no less than 72 hours prior to arrival. We advise that you carry multiple paper copies of your negative COVID-19 test.

You will need to provide proof of accommodation upon arrival in case you need to self-isolate during your trip.


Transiting South Africa

It is possible to transit South Africa and travel to a third country. If you wish to transit through South Africa, you must bring a paper copy of a negative COVID-19 test result. The test should have been taken within 72 hours of your departure. If you cannot produce a negative COVID-19 test then you may be quarantined for 10 days in government-appointed facilities at your own cost.

Screening on arrival

Screening processes have been introduced at all major ports of entry, including airports, for arrivals, departures and transit passengers. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities. Additional screening may include temperature measurements and check on recent travel to affected areas.

Quarantine requirements

If you fail to produce a paper copy of a negative COVID-19 test you will be required to quarantine at a government-appointed facility at your own cost. Self-isolation is not required if you have provided the negative COVID-19 test.

Travel in South Africa

Some internal flights are operating. You will need to fill in a health declaration form which must be handed in at the airport.

You must wear a mask if using public transport, which is operating with strict hygiene requirements and reduced passenger numbers.

Everyone is required to wear a cloth face mask when in public.

Failure to comply with South African government regulations could result in a fine or arrest.