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RRISK ADJUSTED NATIONAL LOCKDOWN

The Government has revised the list of high risk countries based on a risk categorization model.
We continue to be reminded that the Covid-19 pandemic is still with us and we need to continue to take precautions. In its last meeting, the Cabinet instructed the Ministers of Health, Home Affairs and Tourism to lead a process to review the list. The review of the list of high risk countries was done in such a way that it strikes a balance between saving lives and protecting livelihoods.
Nothing has changed as far as all travellers from the continent of Africa are concerned. They are still welcome to visit the country subject to Covid-19 protocols.
People from high risk countries who may visit SA fall in the following categories: business travellers, holders of critical skills visas, investors and people on international mission in sports, arts, culture and science. 
In addition, we recognise that there are a number of regular visitors from mainly European countries that have been accustomed to long periods of visitation to our country during our summer season when it is winter in the Northern Hemisphere. Most of them own properties in the country. We appreciate the significant economic contribution that they make through their activities in the country. To this end, we will also allow visitors, in whichever category, who are coming to stay for a three months period or more subject to Covid-19 protocols.
People who need to apply must direct email requests to: Covid19BusinessTravel@dha.gov.za, supported by—
(a)       a copy of passport and/or temporary residence visa;
(b)       proof of business activities to be undertaken in the Republic; 
(c)        proof of travel itinerary; and
(d)       proof of address or accommodation in the Republic.
In the first two weeks that the Covid19BusinessTravel@dha.gov.za email address had been in operation, 4 701 applications were received, mostly from investors in agriculture, manufacturing, mining and tourism. Of these applications, 3 113 have been approved.
These numbers show that on average, 335 investors a day applied to visit the Republic, sending a strong message that South Africa remains an attractive investment destination.
In response to these numbers, the Department of Home Affairs has increased the capacity of people managing the email account to ensure speedier responses and we will try our best to ensure that responses are communicated within 24 hours.
The latest list of high risk countries is:
Argentina                                   
Germany
Peru
Bangladesh
India
Philippines
Belgium    
Indonesia
Russia
Brazil       
Iran
Spain
Canada     
Iraq
United Kingdom
Chile
Italy           
USA
Colombia
Mexico
France
Netherlands
The list of these high risk countries will also be found on the Home Affairs website: www.dha.gov.za
 
Media Enquiries:
Siya Qoza, ‪082 898 1657 (spokesperson for the Minister of Home Affairs)
David Hlabane, ‪071 342 4284 (media manager for the Department of Home Affairs)
ISSUED BY DEPARTMENT OF HOME AFFAIRS

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

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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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