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South Africa

Travel to South Africa during Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Proof of vaccination:

YES

Test pre-travel/recovery certificate:

NO

Form pre-travel:

YES

Test on arrival:

NO

Screening on arrival:

YES

Quarantine on arrival:

NO

Test during stay:

NO

RETURN REQUIREMENTS

Test pre-return travel:

NO

Test on return:

NO

Quarantine on return:

NO

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Proof of vaccination:

NO

Test pre-travel/recovery certificate:

YES

Form pre-travel:

YES

Test on arrival:

NO

Screening on arrival:

YES

Quarantine on arrival:

NO

Test during stay:

NO

RETURN REQUIREMENTS

Test pre-return travel:

NO

Test on return:

NO

Quarantine on return:

NO

Vaccinated Requirements
Entry Requirements for Vaccinated Visitors
Proof of vaccination:

You will be required to show your COVID-19 vaccinations to enter into the country as fully vaccinated.  You will be able to do this using the NHS COVID app.

Test pre-travel/recovery certificate: Not required
On arrival:

Upon arrival in South Africa, you will need to produce your vaccination certificate to border officials.  

You will also be temperature checked on arrival into South Africa.

If you are aged 12 and below you are not required to present a test result on arrival regardless of your vaccination status.  If you are aged 13 and over and are not fully vaccinated, you will need to follow the un-vaccinated requirements.

Form pre-travel:

A Traveller Health Declaration form will need to be completed before travel.  Please check on the link below to see when you are able to complete the form needed for your destination.  You may need to either complete this form electronically, or print out and take with you to show at the airport of departure and arrival. It is important that you check the form as early as you can for time frames as this may need to be completed up to 7 days before travel, or as little as 24 hours before travel.

Traveller Health Declaration: https://www.airports.co.za/Documents/ENTRY%20SCREENING%20THQ.pdf
RETURN REQUIREMENTS FOR VACCINATED VISITORS
At present, this destination has no specific return requirements related to Covid-19 (Coronavirus). Please check the latest Foreign Office Advice (see link below) for other visa or return requirements.
FURTHER INFORMATION
Foreign Office Advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/south-africa
Local regulations:

You are required to wear a face mask on public transport and in public places including shops malls and other indoor spaces.  If it no longer a requirement to wear a mask in outdoor situations, however it is advisable if you are unable to socially distance.

Children aged six and younger are not required to wear a mask.

Hotels will normally conduct a temperature check on arrival and some may ask you to complete a health questionnaire also.

If you test positive while in resort

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should contact your health insurer for advice. You should also call the South African government local emergency hotline (0800029 999) or consult the online advice. South Africa’s detailed guidance on coronavirus testing, self-isolation and contact tracing can be found on their dedicated website, https://sacoronavirus.co.za/. People who test positive are expected to self-isolate in their private accommodation. 

Unvaccinated Requirements
Entry Requirements for Unvaccinated Visitors
Proof of vaccination: Not required
Test pre-travel/recovery certificate: PCR or Antigen
PCR Test locations: https://covidtraveladvice.kuoni.co.uk/pcr-test-locations
Test time:

You must complete a COVID-19 PCR with a negative result taken no more than 72 hours before your departure to South Africa or a valid certificate from a medical practitioner of a negative Antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before your departure to South Africa.

Children aged 5 and under are exempt from the need to take a test before travel.

On arrival:

Upon arrival in South Africa, you will need to produce a paper copy of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) or antigen COVID-19 test to border officials. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test.

We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once on your journey.

You will also be temperature checked on arrival into South Africa.

Form pre-travel: Details to be confirmed
Traveller Health Declaration: https://www.airports.co.za/Documents/ENTRY%20SCREENING%20THQ.pdf
RETURN REQUIREMENTS FOR UNVACCINATED VISITORS
At present, this destination has no specific return requirements related to Covid-19 (Coronavirus). Please check the latest Foreign Office Advice (see link below) for other visa or return requirements.
FURTHER INFORMATION
Foreign Office Advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/south-africa
Local regulations:

ou are required to wear a face mask on public transport and in public places including shops malls and other indoor spaces.  If it no longer a requirement to wear a mask in outdoor situations, however it is advisable if you are unable to socially distance.

Children aged six and younger are not required to wear a mask.

Hotels will normally conduct a temperature check on arrival and some may ask you to complete a health questionnaire also.

If you test positive while in resort

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should contact your health insurer for advice. You should also call the South African government local emergency hotline (0800029 999) or consult the online advice. South Africa’s detailed guidance on coronavirus testing, self-isolation and contact tracing can be found on their dedicated website, https://sacoronavirus.co.za/. People who test positive are expected to self-isolate in their private accommodation. 

Remember to check countries you’re due to transit through as well as your destination.

The Information contained on this page is accurate to the best of our knowledge. It is provided as guidance only and is subject to review and change. Please check with official sources before booking and again regularly prior to travel, as information and requirements can change frequently and with little notice. Please visit the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office website at gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice or visit gov.uk/travelaware for country-specific information.

Last updated: 15.05.2022 at 12:57