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IIn response to the second wave of COVID-19 infections, President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa will move back to Lockdown Level 1 effective immediately (28th February). The easing of the Lockdown regulations come as the country’s COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospital admissions continue to decline significantly.
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 midnight until 4am
- Indoor and Outdoor gatherings may not exceed 50% of venue capacity, with a maximum of 100 people inside and 250 people outside.
- Health protocols should be observed at gatherings including maintaining a distance of 1.5 meters between people.
- Alcohol sales are permitted as normal, but may not be sold during the curfew.
- 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.
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.
We can't wait to have you back! #meetsouthafricaLATER