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IIn 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. The country will continue on adjusted Alert 3 to contain the rapid rise in infection.
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 9h00pm and 05h00, daily, with the exception of essential services.
- Most indoor and outdoor gatherings are prohibited. This includes social gatherings, religious gatherings, political events, traditional council meetings and gatherings at sports grounds. As before, this does not include funerals and other limited exceptions as detailed in the
regulations, such as restaurants, museums and gyms.
- Funerals may not be attended by more than 50 people, and there needs to be social
distancing, hand sanitising and mask wearing.
- 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. As before, botanical gardens, national parks and other parks where access control measures and entry limitations are already in place may remain open to the public.
- Non-essential establishments – including shops, restaurants, bars and all cultural venues – must close at 20h00, daily.
- Non-essential establishments including restaurants and bars must close at 8pm.
- Travel: 20 land border posts will be closed with limited exemptions until 15th February.
- 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.
People will be however still be allowed to enter or depart the country for:
- The transportation of fuel, cargo and goods.
- Emergency medical attention for a life-threatening condition.
- The return of South African nationals, permanent residents or persons with other valid visas.
- The departure of foreign nationals.
- Daily commuters from neighbouring countries who attend school in South Africa.
Entering requirements for international travellers:
- Upon arrival all travellers must present a paper copy of a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours from departure. Children over the age of 5 years old are also required to take the test, however kids under five are not required to do so;
- Travellers will need to comply with local health protocols whilst in South Africa;
- If a traveller presents symptoms, they will be sent to a government quarantine facility nearest to port of entry for 10 days. There is also an option for self-isolation at the traveller's own cost, however they will be heavily monitored by the Department of Health.
At present, The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel. Read more here
International air travel is restricted to the following airports:
(a) OR Tambo International Airport
(b) King Shaka International Airport
(c) Cape Town International Airport
TThe Tourism industry has been working hard to ensure stringent measures are now in place so you can enjoy a stress-free, safe experience whilst you are on holiday. Watch the videos below.
The South African Government recommendation is to download Covid Alert app as soon as you enter in the country, so travellers can be notified if they have been exposed to the virus, whether it is in a taxi, a shopping mall or a social gathering – and it does so without sharing your location or any personal information. TThe app is zero-rated by mobile networks, so it won’t cost you anything to protect yourself and others.
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