South Africa to open borders

South Africa to open borders

South Africa will be opening its international borders amid further easing of restrictions as announced in a statement by South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa this week.

Travel into and out of South Africa will be allowed for business, leisure and other travel with effect from 1 October 2020. This is subject to various measures.

Travellers will only be able to use one of the land border posts that have remained operational during the lockdown or one of the three main airports: King Shaka, OR Tambo and Cape Town International Airport. On arrival, travellers must present a negative Covid-19 test result not older than 72 hours from time of departure. Where a traveller has not done a Covid-19 test prior to departure, they will remain in mandatory quarantine at their own cost.

All travellers will be screened on arrival and those presenting with symptoms will need to remain in quarantine until a repeat Covid-19 test is conducted. All travellers will be asked to install the Covid Alert South Africa mobile app. Travel may be restricted to and from certain countries that have high infection rates.

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