South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced South Africa has adjusted to an Alert Level 3 COVID-19 lockdown as of July 26, 2021. While many of the previous Alert Level 4 restrictions have been relaxed, the most important difference is that all restrictions on inter-provincial travel have been lifted. This means hunters arriving at OR Tambo International Airport in Gauteng will be free to cross from that province to any other without needing proof of booking with a safari operator, as required under Alert Level 4.
A curfew from 10 pm to 4 am remains in place, but travelers and their safari operators will be able to travel to and from the airport during those hours with a valid boarding pass as proof of flight or a copy of an airline ticket. Face masks are still required in public. Most business establishments must close by 9 pm, and some alcohol sales have resumed as well.
South Africa continues to require all international travelers to provide a negative COVID-19 test result obtained not more than 72 hours before date of travel.
For updates on travel to South Africa and other hunting destinations, check the Inside Hunting News section of the SCI website (www.safariclub.org) or contact the SCI Hunter Information Service at www.safariclub.org/contact.