As announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 16 September 2020, the Covid-19 lockdown regulations will be lowered to Level 1 as of midnight on the 20th of September 2020. The lowering of levels to level 1 brings about the following changes in terms of travel:
NEW POLICY SPECIFICS:
The State of Disaster stays in place until at least 15 October 2020. Travel restrictions are eased as of 1 October 2020 and will be as follows:
- International travel will be restricted to and from countries depending on their infection rates. A list will be supplied by the Government.
- Travellers will be required to present their negative Covid-19 test results and these cannot be older than 72 hours from their departure from their origin
- If a negative test isn’t presented, the traveller will have to submit themselves to mandatory quarantine at their own cost
- If a traveller shows symptoms on arrival in South Africa they will have to submit themselves to quarantine, again at own cost, until a negative test can be produced
- Only the three main airports; King Shaka, OR Tambo, and Cape Town International Airport will be open to international flights
- A limited number of border posts will remain open at South Africa’s land borders
- All travellers will be screened on arrival and will be required to download the Covid Alert SA app – download it HERE.
- Visa application processes and offices will also resume their operations
- Existing long-term visas are reinstated
WHAT WILL YOU NEED TO TRAVEL?
- A negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of departure
- To wear a mask throughout every stage of travelling and potentially a face-screen
- The COVID Alert SA app on your cellular device
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE AIRPORT:
- The following three airports within South Africa will be operational for international flights: King Shaka, OR Tambo, and Cape Town International Airport
- Make sure to be at the airport 2.5 hours before departure – the new safety precautions take time.
- Only the passenger will be allowed into the airport – drop-off and pick-up are only permitted outside the airport building.
- A face mask is required at all times.
- Check-in online – this minimises contact, queues, and waiting time.
- Expect and adhere to maximum safety protocols applied throughout your journey.