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    LOW MEDICAL RISK for South Africa
    MEDIUM TRAVEL RISK for South Africa
    HIGH TRAVEL RISK for High-density, low-income urban areas


COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): Medium -

Inbound travel is possible, but with notable inconvenience; restrictions affect a wide range of travellers.

Restrictions in place for a wide range of originating countries / nationalities arriving in country. Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Medium -

COVID-related impacts posing routine challenges to business operations.

The medical, logistics and security environments are impacted by the pressures of COVID-19. Pre-existing security risks increasingly likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns and associated pressures in the near/medium term. There may be delay in accessing urgent care due to pressures on the medical system. Core protective  elements of BCP likely to be implemented: non-essential staff  working from home, staff tracing in place, reinforced hygiene and segregation practices with robust escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundSummary
• Are there any border restrictions? Yes
• Are there any entry restrictions? No
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? No
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? Yes
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? Yes
(Until further notice)
Border restrictions
• Border closures/restrictions
- International air travel is limited to OR Tambo International Airport (JNB), King Shaka International Airport (DUR), Cape Town International Airport (CPT), Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP) and Lanseria International Airport (HLA).
- Foreign Air Ambulance Services are permitted to transport COVID-19 positive patients: Provided that they obtain an approval from the Department of Health, obtain a permit issued by the Department of Transport prior to departure, and comply with the Department of Health Protocols and the Air Ambulance Guidelines issued by the Minister.
- Passenger liners for luxury travel are not allowed to dock and offload passengers at sea ports, unless for the disembarkation of South African citizens/holders of permanent residence permits, replenishing stores, medical evacuation or search and rescue.
(until further notice)
Border restrictions
Passenger flights between South Africa and the UAE are suspended.
(Ends 30 June 2021)
Border restrictions
National airline South African Airways suspended domestic and regional flights until 31 July and all international flights until 30 October.
(Ends 31 July 2021)
Testing requirements
• Who needs to test + Type of test and timeframe?
- All incoming travellers passengers must present a negative COVID-19 test result not older than 72 hours from the time of departure.
- Travellers without a negative PCR test result will be required to do an antigen test on arrival at their own cost. Those who test positive will be required to self-isolate for 10 days.
- Upon arrival in the port of entry, all travellers will be screened for any COVID-19 symptoms or for contact with people who have been infected with COVID-19. Should the traveller display any COVID-19-related symptoms (which include elevated body temperatures and flu-like symptoms) or been in contact with an infected person, they will be expected to take a mandatory COVID-19 test. This test will be at the traveller’s cost and should be covered by the travel insurance. If the COVID-19 test comes back positive, the traveller will be subject to a ten-day quarantine at a designated site. The accommodation at a quarantine site will be at the traveller’s cost covered by travel insurance.
• What information is required in the test result?
The test must be conducted by a certified medical practitioner and should have the name and signature of the practitioner. Rapid COVID-19 tests are not permitted. Passengers under five are exempt from the test.
(until further notice)
Documentation required
- An online travel questionnaire, available from this website: https://sa-covid-19-travel.info/ , also needs to be completed no more than two days ahead of travel.
- Travellers are required to fill in health a question form ahead of their arrival: https://www.airports.co.za/Documents/ENTRY%20SCREENING%20THQ.pdf
- International travellers should possess a mandatory travel insurance which covers the COVID-19 test and quarantine costs.
- Travellers will also need to provide proof of accommodation address should they need to self-quarantine at the time of arrival in the country.
(until further notice)
Transit
All transit passengers must present a negative COVID-19 test result not older than 72 hours from the time of departure. The test must be conducted by a certified medical practitioner and should have the name and signature of the practitioner. Rapid COVID-19 tests are not permitted. Passengers under 5 are exempt from the test.
(until further notice)
Other
- Travellers must download the COVID-Alert app, which alerts subscribers and provides relevant information if they have been in contact with any person who has tested positive for the virus.
- The validity of South African short-term visas (up to 90 days) has been extended until 30 June. This essentially means that foreign nationals with an expired short-term visa may legally remain in country until 30 June without being declared as undesirable when leaving. For all other visas and permits that have expired, travellers should apply for extensions via the South African Department Affairs by 31 July the latest: https://www.vfsglobal.com/dha/southafrica/
(until further notice)
OutboundSummary
• Are there any border restrictions? Yes
• Are there any exit restrictions? No
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? No
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(until further notice)
Border restrictions
International air travel is restricted to OR Tambo International Airport (JNB), King Shaka International Airport (DUR) and Cape Town International Airport (CPT).
(until further notice)
Testing requirements
Passenger may need to provide a valid negative PCR test certificate from an accredited laboratory certified by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority ( "SAHPRA ") and South African National Accreditation System ( "SANAS "). Contact your airlines to confirm and understand time validity of a PCR certificate.
(until further notice)
Internal / DomesticSummary
• Is a state of emergency in place? Yes
• Are curfews/lockdowns in place? Yes
• Can businesses operate? Restricted
• Are there other restrictions on internal travel? No
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any vaccination requirements? No
• Are there any other restrictions in place? Yes
(Until further notice)
State of emergency
The national state of disaster has been extended.
(until further notice)
Curfews and lockdowns
The country is under level 3 lockdown. A nationwide curfew is in effect from 22.00 to 04.00.
All residents must remain indoors during curfew hours, except for essential workers and those leaving for emergencies.
(Until further notice)
Restrictions on businesses
• What restrictions are placed on operating businesses?
Non-essential establishments like restaurants, bars and fitness centres will close by 21.00.
The sale of alcohol from retail outlets for off-site consumption will only be permitted between 10.00 and 18.00 from Monday to Thursday. This excludes public holidays.
Alcohol sales for on-site consumption will be permitted as per licence conditions up to 21.00.
Alcohol consumption in all public spaces, such as beaches and parks, is strictly forbidden.
(Until further notice)
Other social distancing measures
Face masks are mandatory in public spaces for everyone over the age of five.
All gatherings will be limited to a maximum of 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. Where the venue is too small to accommodate these numbers, no more than 50% of the capacity of the venue may be used. This includes religious services, political events and social gatherings, as well as restaurants, bars, taverns and similar places.
(Until further notice)

19 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)





Risk Summary

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Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for South Africa

COVID-19 information for South Africa

Dedicated COVID-19 website

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High levels of violent crime pose the main threat to business travellers. Although a majority of criminal activity is concentrated in high-density, low-income residential areas, most urban areas are affected by crime and no neighbourhood should be considered immune. Secondary risks include road traffic accidents (RTAs) caused by poorly maintained vehicles and erratic driving standards (frequently resulting in accidents fatal to both passengers and pedestrians), as well as exposure to violent disturbances over socio-economic issues. Most protests, which on occasion lead to episodes of unrest, take place in major city townships and central business districts, including Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town. Although foreign nationals are not usually targeted in such disturbances, bystanders would face indirect risks. In addition, instances of xenophobic violence have targeted foreign nationals, particularly from neighbouring countries.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.

STANDING TRAVEL ADVICE

Vaccinations For South Africa
CholeraOral vaccination is recommended for travellers
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Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for most travellers and expatriates,
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RabiesConsider for certain travellers, especially: For
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Typhoid feverRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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Yellow feverA yellow fever vaccination certificate is
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Routine Vaccinations

 
 
 
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