South Africa moves to Lockdown Level 1

South Africa Lockdown Level 1

On Monday, 21 September 2020, South Africa will move to Lockdown Level 1. The move to Level 1 will entail some changes that will also affect travel to and from South Africa.

South African International Borders

The South African international borders will open on 1 October 2020. However, it will be restricted to the three international South African airports – Oliver Tambo (Johannesburg), Cape Town International, and King Shaka (Durban) International airports.

A limited number of border posts will remain open at South Africa’s land borders.

There will be restrictions in place for travellers from high-risk countries. The list of high-risk countries is not yet released. We will update our clients as soon as more information becomes available.

International travellers to South Africa have to meet the following requirements;

  • On arrival in South Africa, travellers will need to prevent a negative Covid-19 test result. The test may not be older than 72 hours from the time of departure.
  • On arrival, all travellers will be screened. If a person shows symptoms of Covid-19, they will be required to have a Covid-19 test.
  • Where a traveller has not done a Covid-19 test prior to departure, they may be asked to enter mandatory quarantine facilities at their own cost.
  • Travellers will also be asked to download the Covid-19 Alert South Africa mobile application.

South African Missions abroad

South African missions abroad will re-open again for visa applications. All long-term visas will be re-instated.

Please be assured that our SA Immigration consultants are in constant communication with the Department of Home Affairs. We will update clients on all SA Immigration and travel-related issues, as it becomes available.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.