After almost 20 months of restrictions, quarantine and red listing, South Africa is not only allowing foreign visitors but international limitations such as extended isolation has been suspended. Both the UK on 11 October and the USA on 8 November have eased international travel restrictions previously limiting travel to and from South Africa.
We are welcoming international travellers, and our government has many initiatives to revive the struggling tourism industry to flourish again. Travelling to South Africa is allowed by air through Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban international airports since 1 October 2021. Travelers are required to undergo health checks including temperature screening on arrival.
Travelers are required to undergo health checks including temperature screening on arrival in South Africa. For additional details, as well as any exemptions to these restrictions, view the South African Government Covid-19 adjusted Level 1 information on international travel here: https://sacoronavirus.co.za/2021/09/30/summary-of-level-1-regulations-as-of-01-october-2021/ and advice for international travellers here: https://www.nicd.ac.za/diseases-a-z-index/disease-index-covid-19/advice-for-travellers/
Do I Need a Visa?
Visitors from the following countries and territories visiting the Republic of South Africa for ninety (90) days or less for tourism / business purposes do not need visas:
- Hong Kong
- South Korea
Unless you come from a visa-exempt country it is also necessary to present a visa. View the full VISA exempt list here: http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/immigration-services/exempt-countries
What Are the Health Protocols When Travelling to South Africa?
Travellers visiting the country will be expected to abide by the current regulations which include mandatory wearing of masks at all times in public, practicing social distancing in public spaces, regular washing or sanitizing of hands and presenting a negative COVID-19 test result not older than 72 hours from the time of departure. If you arrive without proof of a negative result you will have to do a test on arrival at your own cost and be placed in mandatory quarantine if testing positive.
Do I Need to be vaccinated?
Proof of Covid vaccination is not currently mandatory to enter South Africa.
Proof of Insurance
Travel insurance is highly recommended but not mandatory for arrivals in South Africa.
Travellers are not required to quarantine after entering South Africa as long as they provide a negative Covid test on arrival.
No applications are compulsory for monitoring Covid, but downloading the Covid Alert SA App https://sacoronavirus.co.za/covidalert/ is encouraged. COVID Alert SA is South Africa’s free exposure notification app. It lets people know when they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Restrictions & Open Tourist Attractions
Masks are required in public spaces, enclosed environments and public transport. Restaurants and bars are open with some restrictions but nightclubs are still closed. Hotels, Bed and Breakfast establishments and lodges are open for travellers, and travel is allowed between provinces. However, there is a nationwide curfew from 12:00pm to 4:00am. If you arrive in South Africa during this time you are allowed to travel from the airport to your place of accommodation only.
United Kingdom: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/south-africa
United States of America: https://za.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information-2/
Royal Dutch Airlines: https://www.klm.com/travel/za_en/prepare_for_travel/up_to_date/travel_restrictions.htm
The main thing is that South Africa is allowing entry for international travellers with minimal restrictions! Travelling South Africa is an epic adventure that should be one everyone’s bucket list. Whether you need a vacation, short break or extended gap year experience – you will never be disappointed when you decide to visit this extraordinary part of the world. Gweda Lodge offer a unique, luxury bushveld breakaway opportunity in a malaria-free zone in the midst of African wild-life with all the conveniences of home and more. We hope you visit us soon!
NOTE: This information is subject to change, so keep in touch with the latest official advice from your local government and South African authorities.