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In response to the second wave of COVID-19 infections, President Cyril Ramaphosa has introduced further restrictions in order to curb the spread of the pandemic, particularly as the number of positive cases has increased during the festive season.

President Ramaphosa confirmed that South Africa will move to an adjusted Level 3 on the risk adjusted framework.

South Africa has adopted a risk adjusted strategy during the COVID-19 pandemic where level 5 is the strictest in terms of regulations and level 1 the least stringent.

Some of the key areas and elements affected in adjusted level 3 include:

  • Nationwide curfew time adjusted to between 21h00 and 06h00, daily, with the exception of essential services.
  • All indoor and outdoor gatherings will be prohibited for 14 days, as of 29 December 2020. This is with the exception of funerals and other limited exceptions as detailed in the regulations, such as restaurants, museums, gyms and casinos.
  • The sale of alcohol from retail outlets and on-site consumption of alcohol will not be permitted.
  • All beaches, dams, lakes, rivers, public parks and public swimming pools in hotspot areas will be closed to the public.
  • Non-essential establishments – including shops, restaurants, bars and all cultural venues – must close at 20h00, daily.
  • The wearing of masks in public by all individuals is now compulsory and failure to do so is now a criminal offence punishable by law.

Interprovincial travel will still be allowed with the President appealing to everyone to ensure protocols are observed and masks are worn in all public spaces.

International air travel will also still be permitted in line with the current requirements for entry into South Africa

National and provincial parks and other parks where access control measures and entry limitations are already in place may remain open to the public.

From an accommodation perspective, subject to the required protocol, all accommodation establishments are allowed to operate as per level 1 regulations.

The adjusted Level 3 measures will be in place until 15 January 2021.

Click here for a copy of the Government Gazette dated 29 December 2020



Reopening of Borders & Services during Alert Level 1

South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, recently announced that South Africa’s borders is open for all international travel with immediate effect.

The prohibited list has been done away with.

Visitors from around the world can now travel to South Africa and will be allowed entry into South Africa, subject to a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure.

Please click here to view the latest government gazette reflecting the above (attachment sent separately)

Click here for a copy of the Government Gazette dated 17 September 2020

Implications of risk adjusted lockdown level three for the tourism industry
What domestic travel is allowed under Level 1 of the risk adjusted strategy?
When will South Africa open its borders for international travel?
Implications of risk adjusted lockdown level one for the tourism industry
What domestic travel is allowed under Level 1 of the risk adjusted strategy?
When will South Africa open its borders for international travel?
What documents are required upon entry at South African international airports?
What is the screening processes at the three South African airports?
What is the process for travellers from the African continent?
What establishments are allowed to operate?
What health and safety protocols must establishments put in place?
Are land borders open?

UUPDATE:  27 March 2020, Let's work together during this touch time

The Tourism Grading Council of South Africa is extremely grateful for your cooperation as our country and the world locks down. This is an incredibly challenging time for us all especially in the tourism sector as we are bearing the brunt of our guests’ inability to travel. We urge you to abide by the measures announced by South Africa’s National Command Council.  Darryl Erasmus, Chief Quality Assurance Officer, has some pertinent messages for you as we commit to providing you with documented information you can make use of during this unprecedent time.


UPDATE: 22 March 2020, Central Traveller Registry for accommodation establishments

As per the Immigration Act of 2002, all hotels, motels and accommodation establishments must keep a register containing details of all persons who are provided with lodging or sleeping accommodation.

South African Tourism (SA Tourism), the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) and the Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa (FEDHASA) are coordinating efforts to create a central portal where all accommodation establishments across the country can load the information of the local and international guests staying at their establishments.

It is imperative to ensure the health and safety of all South African citizens and tourists travelling within South Africa in containing the spread of the virus.

In light of the Act, SA Tourism, TBCSA and FEDHASA have requested all establishments to send through booking data to a central repository dating back to the last 14 days.

The benefit of a single repository allows for accurately locating tourists within the country, their movements and to facilitate contact tracing for positively confirmed cases and assist tourists to make the necessary arrangements for their wellbeing.

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