International travel for business and leisure has resumed from the 1 October 2020 with certain restrictions in place. Travel was initially restricted to/from high-risk countries with more COVID19 infections and/or deaths than South Africa. Effective from the 12 November 2020; however, all international travel to all countries will be permitted subject to the necessary health protocols and the presentation of a negative COVID-19 certificate. Outbound travellers will need to check the requirements of the destination countries. All permitted travellers should have proof of the now mandatory travel insurance as a condition of boarding inbound flights.
Inbound travellers are required to have a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours from the time of departure in their country of departure. The test must be conducted by a certified medical practitioner and the name and signature of the practitioner must be on the certificate. Should a traveller from any country arrive without a COVID negative certificate, an invalid certificate or presenting symptoms of COVID, they will be put into a mandatory 10-day quarantine at a government-approved facility, at their own cost. All travellers will need to abide by the regulations of mandatory wearing of masks at all times, practicing social distancing in public spaces, regular washing or sanitising of hands.
Inbound travellers are encouraged to download the COVID Alert SA app to improve contact tracing and alert you if you have been in close contact with other app users who’ve tested positive for COVID19 in the past 14days.