South Africa’s Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs D. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma announced new regulations allowing all international tourism to South Africa to resume. The notice was issued in the Government Gazette as an amendment to the regulations that had partially reopened the country’s borders in October.
Effective immediately, travel to and from South Africa is allowed with all international travel resuming subject to certain protocols. All travelers must provide a valid certificate for a negative COVID-19 PCR test obtained no more than 72 hours prior to date of travel. Travelers who fail to submit a certificate as proof of a negative test will be quarantined at their own cost.
All travelers are subject to health screenings for COVID-19 and quarantine or isolation where deemed necessary. Face masks are required in public as well as social distancing. Travelers should follow the usual health protocols on safety and prevention of the spread of COVID-19 as recommended by the World Health Organization and as currently practiced across the globe.
International flights continue to be restricted to OR Tambo International Airport, King Shaka International Airport and Cape Town International Airport. The 18 land borders that were partially operational are now fully opened. However, the other 34 land borders on South African points of entry will remain closed for the time being.