17-Sep-2020 11:24 AM

South Africa to reopen for international travel from 01-Oct-2020

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa announced (16-Sep-2020) the country will move to 'Alert Level 1' restrictions on 20-Sep-2020. Mr Ramaphosa noted: "This move recognises that levels of infection are relatively low and that there is sufficient capacity in our health system to manage the current need". The government will "gradually and cautiously" ease restrictions on international travel, and will allow international travel for business, leisure and other purposes from 01-Oct-2020, subject to the following measures:

  • Travel may be restricted to and from countries with high infection rates;
  • International air travellers may only use Cape Town International Airport, Durban King Shaka International Airport or Johannesburg Oliver R Tambo International Airport;
  • On arrival in South Africa, travellers will be required to present a negative COVID-19 result from a test conducted within 72 hours prior to departure. Travellers who have not been tested will be required to remain in quarantine;
  • All passengers will be screened on arrival and those with symptoms will be required to remain in quarantine until they undergo another test;
  • All travellers will be asked to install the COVID Alert South Africa mobile app;
  • South African missions abroad will open for visa applications and all long term visas will be reinstated. [more - original PR]

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