Level 1 Lockdown Regulations.

As per Government Gazette 43620 published on 17 August, the country moved to alert level 1 on Monday, 21 September.

Limited international travel allowed from 1st of October.

From the 1st of October South Africa will open its borders to international travellers.

Leisure travellers from the following countries will however not be allowed to travel to South Africa:

  1. Albania
  2. Argentina
  3. Armenia
  4. Austria
  5. Bahrain
  6. Belgium
  7. Bolivia
  8. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  9. Brazil
  10. Chile
  11. Columbia
  12. Costa Rica
  13. Croatia
  14. Czech Republic
  15. Denmark
  16. Ecuador
  17. France
  18. Georgia
  19. Greece
  20. Guatemala
  21. Guyana
  22. Honduras
  23. Hungary
  24. Iceland
  25. India
  26. Iran
  27. Iraq
  28. Ireland
  29. Israel
  30. Jamaica
  31. Jordan
  32. Kuwait
  33. Lebanon
  34. Luxemburg
  35. Maldives
  36. Malta
  37. Mexico
  38. Moldova
  39. Montenegro
  40. Nepal
  41. Netherlands
  42. North Macedonia
  43. Oman
  44. Palestine
  45. Panama
  46. Paraguay
  47. Peru
  48. Portugal
  49. Puerto Rico
  50. Qatar
  51. Romania
  52. Russia
  53. Slovakia
  54. Suriname
  55. Switzerland
  56. Ukraine
  57. United Emirates
  58. United Kingdom
  59. USA
  60. Venezuela
  • This list will be updated every 2 weeks
  • Exceptions are business travellers with scarce and critical skills, including diplomats, repatriated persons, investors and people participating in professional sporting and cultural events.

International traveller requirements are in place.

  • When arriving in South Africa, travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test not older than 72 hours from time of departure.
  • Travellers showing any symptoms of COVID on arrival will be required to have a test.
  • If necessary, travellers will need to enter mandatory quarantine facilities at their own cost.
  • All travellers will be asked to download the COVID Alert South Africa mobile app.

Things to do now:

  1. Make sure all of your closeouts are removed and that you are showing availability everywhere. Check availability on your own website booking button and a public site  you are linked to like Travelground or Booking.com.
  2. Use the industry protocols that were put out by the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA). We summarised them to make it easy to follow.
  3. Let your guests know you’re implementing the safety protocols. Join the NightsBridge SafeStays initiative on Links Manager. This will show that you’re implementing cleaning and hygiene precautions.
  4. Spread the word about the core focus for the sector’s safe reopening — Use the hashtag #SouthAfricaisTravelReady.

Official Government Communication:

  • Media Statement – Minister AaronMotsoaledi: Re-opening of borders and ports of entry for international travellers during Coronavirus Covid-19 epidemic lockdown level 1
  • Media Statement – Minister Naledi Pandor: Re-opening of borders and ports of entry for international travellers during Coronavirus Covid-19 epidemic lockdown level 1


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