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The National Coronavirus Command Council has announced that the whole country will move to Level 3 of the Risk Adjusted Strategy from 01 June 2020. Further amendments have been made to the measures pertaining to Level 3 effective 12 July 2020

All domestic and international travel as well as interprovincial movement remains prohibited except for people are travelling for the purposes of work or the specific provisions stipulated in the legislation. Domestic flights for business purposes are available from OR Tambo, Cape Town,King Shaka, Bram Fischer, Kruger Mpumalanga, Port Elizabeth and Upington International Airports as well as Richardsbay, Skukuza and Lanseria Airports

All hotels and establishments – except accommodation establishments not formally accredited and licensed, such as private homes for paid leisure accommodation - are allowed open if they are providing accommodation for people travelling for the purpose of business permitted under Level 3, international tourists who remain in South Africa or are appointed as quarantine facilities. No accommodation establishments are allowed to open for leisure purposes. Establishments will no longer require letters from the Minister of Tourism to operate. 

Restaurants, take-aways, and food establishments are allowed to open for delivery and collection of food. Sit-down meals are allowed with strict adherence to all health protocols and social distancing measures. The sales of alcohol is strictly prohibited. 

Professional services such as tourist guides, tour operators, travel agents and tourism information officers including training of nature guides and other related services are allowed to come back into operation.

Public and private game farms are open to travellers from the same provinces for self-drive excursions from 06:00 to 18:00. Hunting and gaming activities are allowed. The following gatherings are allowed under strict adherence to all health protocols and social distancing measures:

  • Conferences and meetings for less than 50 people, excluding those who participate through electronic platforms, and are restricted for business purposes
  • Casinos provided that the number of persons allowed in the casino is not more than 50 percent of the available floor space, with patrons observing a distance of at least one and a half metres from each other
  • Museums and galleries

All restaurants, fast food outlets and coffee shops; hotels, lodges, bed and breakfast, time share facilities, resorts and guest house, conference and meeting venues including casinos will provide detailed training for their staff and inform staff of their responsibility to advise the employer if they are tested positive for Covid-19 or have been in contact with someone who is Covid-19 positive.

Click here for a copy of the directions issued by the National Department of Tourism

Click here for a copy of the Government Gazette dated 12 July 2020

What domestic travel is allowed under Level 3 of the risk adjusted strategy?
When will the other airports be allowed to operate?
What are restaurants allowed to offer under Level 3?
What documentation must be provided by people who are travelling for business?
How will the tourism sector be controlled to ensure that people are travelling for business and not leisure?
Who will be allowed to advertise and take bookings?
What establishments are allowed to operate?
What health and safety protocols must establishments put in place?
What tourist facilities remain closed under Level 3?
Are game reserves are allowed to open?
When will South Africa open its borders for international travel?
When will the tourism industry be allowed to take bookings for international travellers?
How will the Tourist Guide Relief Fund work?
Are conferences allowed?
What restrictions apply to casinos?

PPublic Hotline

Travellers who develop symptoms of respiratory illness (cough, fever and shortness of breath) after travel to countries where the Coronavirus is prevalent, must seek medical care early and share their travel history with their healthcare providers.

For more information travellers with symptoms can contact the Public Hotline:

0800 029 999

Weekdays, 08h00 to 16h00


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DAILY UPDATE: 19 March 2020

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