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South Africa

Travel to South Africa

If you’re travelling to South Africa, you are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test, download the COVID Alert South Africa app and complete the traveller health questionnaire before departure.

COVID-19 testing requirements

From 11 November 2020, international travel will resume subject to the traveller providing a valid certificate of a negative COVID-19 PCR test which was obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of travel. Passengers are required to carry a COVID‑19 negative PCR test certificate when travelling.

Verification of the COVID-19 negative PCR test certificate taken no more than 72 hours before departure will be managed by the airport team as part of documentation checks at the time of flight departure.

All travellers will be screened for COVID‑19 symptoms and will be required to answer any questions required by the Health Authorities on arrival.

Exemptions

Children below the age of 5 years are exempted from COVID 19 PCR test.

Airline crew will be allowed entry subject to them adhering to the industry health guidelines and international protocols.

Please check your individual visa requirements before travelling to South Africa.

Required forms

All passengers must complete the traveller health questionnaire before arrival.

All travellers must provide proof of accommodation and their address while in South Africa in case they are required to self‑isolate.

All foreign passengers, irrespective of country of origin arriving in South Africa must have travel insurance that covers the cost of any testing or quarantine.

Required apps

All passengers must install the COVID Alert South Africa app prior to travel.

Travel from South Africa

If you’re travelling from South Africa, you may be required to take a COVID-19 PCR test before departure and provide additional documentation depending on the requirements of your specific destination.

COVID-19 testing requirements

Passengers must comply with COVID‑19 requirements of the destination. Subject to requirements of the destination, passengers must provide a negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate from an accredited laboratory.

Check the list of recommended facilities for COVID‑19 PCR testing in South Africa.

Required forms

All passengers must complete the traveller health questionnaire when travelling from South Africa.

Travelling to, from and through Dubai

If you're travelling to, from or transiting through Dubai, please check our Travel requirements for Dubai.