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WWe can't wait to have you back! South Africa removed from the UK Red List. #MeetSouthafricaNow 🐘🐆🐧🦏

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday, 30th September, that South Africa had largely passed the peak of the 3rd wave and as a result moved the country to adjusted alert level 1 (the least stringent level), which takes place from Friday, 1 October 2021.  

TThe following measures also apply:

  • Interprovincial travel for leisure allowed.
  • Non-essential establishments like restaurants, taverns, bars and fitness centres may be opened. These will have to close by 11pm to allow their employees and patrons to travel home before the start of the curfew. 
  • Attendance at funerals and cremations may not exceed 100 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 - for both off-site and on-site consumption - will be permitted, according to normal licence provisions. However, no alcohol may be sold after 11pm.
  • Wearing a mask is mandatory for every person when in a public place, excluding a child under the age of six years.
  • 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: Johannesburg O.R Tambo International Airport; Lanseria International Airport; Cape Town International Airport, Durban King Shaka International Airport and Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.

EEntering requirements: 

  • All international travellers arriving at the above airports must provide a valid certificate of a negative COVID-19 test, recognised by the World Health Organisation, which was obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of travel. Read full information here
  • A PCR test is not required for passengers younger than five (5) years old.
  • Travellers must complete the "Traveller Health Questionnaire" upon arrival - You can either print at home or airlines will provide it during the flight.
  • Travellers are required 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.

Know Before You Go

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.

AAt 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:
Download Traveller Health Questionnaire to be completed upon arrival: here

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.

(Latest update on 6th October 2021)


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