COVID-19 Guidance

Important to note :

We are reviewing and updating this page as frequently as possible, however, the information and best practices change frequently and also differ from destination to destination. Therefore what follows below should be regarded as a guideline only, as it cannot be guaranteed that the content on this page is 100% up to date and correct at the time of publication. It is our strong recommendation that you always check with the relevant embassy and/or airline for the most up to date information before booking any travel. The latest official information that we are aware of related to Covid-19 for South Africa, can be found HERE. 

  • Requirements for entry into South Africa
  • Exit requirements from South Africa
  • What is the health screening process on arrival in South Africa
  • Domestic travel requirements
  • The list of high risk countries
  • Popular travel destinations: Requirements
  • International Airlines operating from South Africa
  • Domestic airlines flying under Level 1
  • Domestic airports operating under Level 1
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Travellers entering South Africa will need to produce a negative PCR test, to be presented on arrival and not older than 72 hours from the time of departure from the country of origin.
  • The PCR test produced must be from a certified medical practitioner and the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test must be visible.
  • All travellers are to complete a Traveller Health Questionnaire prior to arrival or upon arrival at all ports of entry.
  • Travellers will be screened at all ports of entry and will also be screened for contact with people who have tested positive with COVID-19.
  • Travellers will need to provide addresses of where they will reside in South Africa in the event that they may need to self-isolate.
  • Should a COVID-19 test not be presented, passengers will be required to enter mandatory quarantine for ten (10) days at their own cost. All travellers will be screened and should they display symptoms, they will be required to enter and remain in quarantine at a facility identified by the state and at their own cost.
  • It is vital that travellers have mandatory travel insurance.
  • All travellers are encouraged to download the COVID Alert SA App.
  • Valid passport and visa for your arrival destination (if applicable)
  • Quarantine arrangements upon your arrival (if applicable)
  • Check for any mandatory entry requirements at your arrival destination
  • Your face mask
  • Completed Exit Health Form
  • Travel insurance
  • Unabridged birth certificate or an equivalent document when travelling with children under 18 years
  • South Africa does not require a negative PCR test for departure, unless it is required by the country you’re travelling to, or transiting through. Please check the relevant embassy for updated rulings on this.
  • Upon arrival in the port of entry, the traveller will be screened for any COVID-19 symptoms or for contact with people who have been infected with the COVID-19 virus.
  • All travellers must complete an Entry Health Screen Form either prior to or on arrival.
  • Travellers will also need to provide proof of accommodation address should they need to self-quarantine at the time of arrival in the country.
  • Should the traveller display any COVID-19–related symptoms or been in contact with an infected person(s), they will be expected to take a mandatory COVID-19 test.
  • This test will be at the traveller’s cost.  If the COVID-19 test comes back positive, the traveller will be subjected to a 10-day quarantine at a designated site. 
  • The accommodation at a quarantine site will be at the traveller’s cost.

South Africa is opening up international travel to all countries subject to the necessary health protocols and the presentation of a negative COVID-19 certificate. To view the regulations issued by COGTA, click HERE.

Dubai

  • Tourists must present a negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate that is valid for 96 hours from the date of the test before departure.
  • The certificate must be for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Other test certificates including antibody tests and home testing kits are not accepted in Dubai.
  • Test certificates must be obtained from an approved laboratory, you can view them HERE.
  • If you are taking a test before you depart, you must bring an official, printed certificate in English or Arabic to check in – SMS and digital certificates are not accepted.
  • The Health Declaration form should be completed prior to arrival at the airport and handed in at the check in counter.
  • If Dubai is your final destination, you will need to complete the quarantine undertaking form given to you on board the flight. This form should be handed to the Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival in Dubai.
  • You may be asked to take another COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival. If you take a test at the airport, you must remain in your hotel until you receive the test result.
  • Should the result be positive, then you need to go into isolation and follow the Dubai Health Authority guidelines.
  • Please also download the COVID19 – DXB Smart App (available on iOS and Android).
  • Travel updates for Dubai can be viewed HERE.

Maldives

Mauritius

Namibia

Seychelles

Zanzibar

Zimbabwe

Thailand

Indonesia

United States of America

  • Air France
  • Air Namibia
  • Air Seychelles
  • Airlink
  • British Airways
  • CemAir
  • Delta Air Lines
  • EgyptAir
  • Emirates
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Etihad
  • Fastjet
  • Kenya Airways
  • KLM
  • LAM
  • Lufthansa
  • Mango
  • Qatar
  • RwandAir
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Swiss Air
  • TAAG
  • Turkish Airlines
  • United Airlines (from March 2021)
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Airlink
  • Mango
  • FlySafair
  • CemAir
  • Kulula
  • Lift
  • O.R. Tambo International Airport
  • Cape Town International Airport
  • King Shaka International Airport
  • Bram Fischer International Airport
  • East London Airport
  • George Airport
  • Kimberley Airport
  • Port Elizabeth International Airport
  • Upington International Airport
 

Dubai

  • Tourists must present a negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate that is valid for 96 hours from the date of the test before departure.
  • The certificate must be for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Other test certificates including antibody tests and home testing kits are not accepted in Dubai.
  • Test certificates must be obtained from an approved laboratory, you can view them HERE.
  • If you are taking a test before you depart, you must bring an official, printed certificate in English or Arabic to check in – SMS and digital certificates are not accepted.
  • The Health Declaration form should be completed prior to arrival at the airport and handed in at the check in counter.
  • If Dubai is your final destination, you will need to complete the quarantine undertaking form given to you on board the flight. This form should be handed to the Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival in Dubai.
  • You may be asked to take another COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival. If you take a test at the airport, you must remain in your hotel until you receive the test result.
  • Should the result be positive, then you need to go into isolation and follow the Dubai Health Authority guidelines.
  • Please also download the COVID19 – DXB Smart App (available on iOS and Android).
  • Travel updates for Dubai can be viewed HERE.
 

Maldives

 

Mauritius

 

Namibia

 

Seychelles

 

Zanzibar

 

Zimbabwe

 

Thailand

 

Indonesia

 

United States of America

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