South Africa reopens 20 land borders

All international travel to South Africa set to resume

South Africa reopens 20 land borders

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

South Africa will remain at adjusted alert level three until further notice with the reopening of 20 land borders. The 20 land borders which were partially operational will now be fully operational and the 33 land borders which were closed will remain closed.

Further information regarding the land borders that have reopened can be found HERE

International air travel remains limited to OR Tambo International Airport, King Shaka International Airport and Cape Town International Airport.

All international travellers arriving at the aforementioned airports must;

  • Produce a negative PCR test, to be presented on arrival and not older than 72 hours from the date of departure from the country of origin.
  • A person entering the Republic must be subjected to screening on arrival at the point of entry, including the completion of a traveller health questionnaire which can be found HERE
  • A person who, during screening, is found to have had exposure to COVID-19 or is presenting with any signs and symptoms of COVID-19, must be subjected to a medical examination which may include testing and isolation.
  • A person who is not in possession of a valid negative COVID-19 PCR rest will be subject to antigen testing at the point of entry and may be subject to quarantine at an approved facility at his or her own cost.

South Africans are permitted to travel freely internationally as mentioned during the ministerial brief on 30 September 2020, however will be required to check the entry requirements of the country they wish to travel to. With the emergence of the COVID-19 variant, some countries have decided to restrict entry from South Africa for a period of time. There are still many entry restrictions and border closures that remain in effect globally. Any returning South African citizens and residents will be subject to entry regulations and protocols and may be required to enter quarantine.

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Further information related to COVID-19 and risk-adjusted strategies for South Africa can be found HERE

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