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WWith the steady increase in the number of COVID-19 infections, President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa will remain on adjusted Level 3, according to the country’s risk adjusted strategy.

Notably, the most significant adjustment to the current restrictions is the closure of the 20 land ports of entry, including Beitbridge, Lebombo, Maseru, Oshoek, Kopfontein and Ficksburg. Travel through these borders will only be permitted for repatriations (arrival of South African citizens and the departure of foreign nations), travel for emergency medical attention, trade, daily commuting for schooling purposes and travelling diplomats.

The nationwide curfew has also been adjusted to take effect between 21h00 and 05h00, daily.

The following restrictions remain in place:

  • All indoor and outdoor gatherings are still prohibited. This is with the exception of funerals, restaurants, museums, gyms and casinos.
  • The sale of alcohol from retail outlets and on-site consumption of alcohol remains prohibited.
  • All beaches, dams, lakes, rivers, public parks and public swimming pools in hotspot areas remain closed to the public.
  • Non-essential establishments – including shops, restaurants, bars and all cultural venues – must close at 20h00, daily.


The list of identified hotspot areas remains unchanged:

  • Eastern Cape - Chris Hani District, Buffalo City, Amathole District, Alfred Nzo District, OR Tambo District, Nelson Mandela Bay Metro and Sarah Baartman District
  • KwaZulu-Natal - eThekwini, Umgungundlovu District, Ugu District, Harry Gwala District, King Cetshwayo District and Ilembe District
  • Gauteng - West Rand District, Tshwane, Ekurhuleni and Johannesburg
  • Western Cape - West Coast District, Overberg District, Winelands District, Cape Town, Central Karoo District and Garden Route District
  • North West - Bojanala District
  • Limpopo - Waterberg District and Capricorn District


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.

Click here for a copy of the updated Government Gazette dated 11 January 2021.

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