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South Africa Drops All COVID Restrictions

International travelers arriving in South Africa no longer need to provide proof of vaccination or negative COVID test results. As of June 23, 2022, the South African government has dropped all COVID-19 restrictions for travelers and citizens/residents of South Africa.

South Africa’s Minister of Health Dr. Joe Phaahla said in a statement announcing the repeal, “We have reached a turning point since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the world and in the country.” After three weeks of monitoring continuing declines in daily cases, hospitalizations, positivity rates and deaths, health officials suspended all indoor mask requirements, limitations on gatherings and proof of vaccination and PCR test results at ports of entry.

Phaahla cautioned that COVID-19 is not gone and urged continued vaccination and booster shots as part of a healthy lifestyle. South Africa joins a growing number of nations in rescinding all COVID-19 restrictions.

For more information on evolving travel restrictions around the world, see the upcoming July issue of Safari Times. SCI members may also contact the SCI Hunter Information Service at

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