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IIn response to an increase in COVID-19 positive cases in South Africa over the last weeks, President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa will move back to Alert Level 3 effective from 25th July 2021. 

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.

The following measures now apply:

  • The curfew is from 9pm until 4am.
  •  Interprovincial travel for leisure allowed.
  • Non-essential establishments like restaurants, taverns, bars and fitness centres may be opened. These will have to close by 9pm to allow their employees and patrons to travel home before the start of the curfew.
  • Gatherings will be allowed but will be limited to a maximum of 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. Where the venue is too small to accommodate these numbers with appropriate social distancing, then no more than 50 per cent of the capacity of the venue may be used. Gatherings include religious services, political events and social gatherings. The limits on venue capacity also apply to restaurants, gyms, fitness centres, bars, taverns and similar places.
  • Attendance at funerals and cremations may not exceed 50 people and all social distancing and health protocols must be observed.
  • Night vigils and after-funeral gatherings are still not allowed.
  • The sale of alcohol from retail outlets for off-site consumption will be permitted between 10am and 6pm from Monday to Thursday. Alcohol sales for on-site consumption will be permitted as per licence conditions up to 8pm.
  • Schools have re-opened under strict health protocols and other measures announced by the Minister of Basic Education.
  • Wearing a mask is mandatory and will be considered an offense if not adhered to.
  • The 33 land border posts that have been closed throughout this period will remain closed, while the other 20 will remain open.
  • Only five airports will be open for international travel with standard infection control measures. This includes Cape Town International Airport.

CCOVID-19 Vaccination Programme in South Africa: 

Vaccination is proceeding well and it is one of the most effective weapons we are implementing in the fight against COVID-19. As a result, we have now administered more than 6.3 million vaccines, with over 10 per cent of our population having received a vaccine dose. As of the 1st of September 2021, people between the ages of 18 and 34 will be vaccinated. This will be in addition to the age groups that are currently eligible, which is everyone over 35 years of age.

Read more here

Entering requirements for international travellers:

  • Adjusted Level Two still allows for international and domestic travel into and within South Africa;
  • 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

Relevant links

NHS coronavirus COVID-19

Foreign travel advice SA

South Africa Coronavirus

South African Government 

Department of Home Affairs

COVID testing site in South Africa:


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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(Latest update on 27th July 2021)


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