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South Africa travel restrictions & quarantine rules

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The travel advice is Exercise a high degree of caution to South Africa. South Africa is Moderate restrictions for travel. Get travel ban, restrictions alerts and advice before travelling to South Africa. South Africa is part of Africa with main city at Cape Town. Its Developing country with a population of 56M people. The main currency is Rand. The languages spoken are Southern Sotho, Swati, Tswana, Tsonga and Venda.
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🚨 Travel Advice for South Africa

Moderate restrictions

for travel
International travel to South Africa is permitted. It is necessary to comply with requirements to ensure entry is permitted.

Test/medical certificate required

Proof of a negative PCR test, taken no more than 72 hours, must be provided on arrival. The certificate must be a paper copy as digital certificates will not be accepted. This also applies to travelers in transit.
Those without a valid test result will be tested on arrival and are subject to mandatory quarantine for 10 days at a government-appointed facility. All testing and quarantine costs will be at the expense of the traveler.

Other medical measures

All passengers are subject to health screening on arrival, such as temperature checks and visual assessment. Further health testing may be required for those displaying symptoms of COVID-19. Those who test positive must quarantine for 10 days at a designated facility.

Additional documents required

A completed 'travel health questionnaire' must be completed within 48 hours prior to departure. This may be requested on departure and arrival. - Traveler health questionnaire
For more details South African Government

Government measures

Adjusted alert level 1 restrictions are in place across the country, gatherings are limited to a maximum of 1000 people indoors and 2000 people outdoors. In addition to safety guidelines, preventative health measures such as frequent hand washing and social distancing are encouraged to combat further outbreaks. Information relating to the COVID-19 response in South Africa can be found at https://www.gov.za/covid-19/resources/regulations-and-guidelines-coronavirus-covid-19

Use of masks

Face masks are required in public spaces, enclosed environments, and on public transportation.

Public transport

Public transportation is operating at a limited capacity.

Restaurants

Restaurants are open with reduced capacity to allow for social distancing.

Bars

Bars are open with reduced capacity to allow for social distancing.

Nightclubs

Nightclubs remain closed to limit the rate of transmission.

Shops

Shops and services are open with adapted safety measures in place, such as the use of hand sanitizer and social distancing.

On return

Vaccinations and vaccinated travel

Travelers who present a valid certificate for full vaccination against COVID-19, issued in selected countries, are permitted to travel and are exempt from undergoing 14-day isolation requirements. Vaccinated travelers will be tested on arrival and must self-isolate for 24 hours or until a negative result is confirmed on the test taken on arrival.
Travelers who have recovered from COVID-19 and have received at least a single dose of the vaccine, not more than 180 days before departure, are permitted to travel and are exempt from undergoing 14-day isolation requirements.
Travelers who have received the Sputnik vaccine are also required to undergo additional serologic and PCR testing on arrival. Travelers will undergo quarantine until a positive serologic test and negative PCR test results are confirmed. Those testing negative on the serologic test are required to isolate for 14 days with the option to reduce this period by taking a supervised rapid antigen testing from the seventh day.
The final dose must have been administered at least 14 days and not more than 180 days before departure. Exemptions also apply to those who have received a vaccine booster after a full course of vaccination, if administered at least 14 days before departure. Full details on accepted vaccines and certificates can be found at https://corona.health.gov.il/en/abroad/certificates-recognized-by-israel/

Quarantine required

Travelers are required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. This period can be shortened if two consecutive test results are confirmed negative, one taken on arrival and a second test taken on the seventh day of the isolation period.
Those who have recently recovered from COVID-19 must self-isolate until a second test is confirmed negative taken on the third day of the isolation period. This will require proof of a positive PCR test result, taken at least 8 days before and not older than 190 days of departure, or a recovery certificate.

Test/medical certificate required

Proof of a negative PCR test, taken within the previous 72 hours, must be presented on departure and arrival. Alternatively, a negative rapid antigen test can be presented, taken within the previous 24 hours of departure. The test results must be in English with the traveler's passport number stated on the document. Self-tests are not accepted.
Travelers may instead provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. This will require proof of a positive PCR test result, taken at least 8 days before and not older than 180 days of departure, or a recovery certificate. These travelers will undergo PCR testing on arrival.
This does not apply to travelers returning to Israel within 72 hours after departing Israel. Less than 72 hours must have passed since travelers have landed abroad and the departure time to Israel. These travelers will undergo PCR testing on arrival.
Those traveling to Israel on indirect flights, with more than 24 hours between the departure of the first flight and the flight landing in Israel, are required proof of a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to the departure of the flight to Israel.

Testing on arrival

A PCR test will be administered on arrival. The test costs 80 NIS if pre-paid during the 'entry statement' process, 100 NIS if paid with a credit card on arrival, and 115 NIS if paid with cash on arrival. Only Israeli currency will be accepted for cash payments on arrival.

Travel restriction details for South Africa

🚫 Destination No quarantine
πŸ›¬ Return Quarantine required
πŸ–οΈ Some Visitors
🍽️ Restaurants & bars Open with restrictions
πŸ›οΈ Open shopping
🚌 Operational with restrictions transport
πŸ“… events Partially Allowed

πŸ”’ Lockdown Details for South Africa

The South African authorities have published COVID-19 guidelines and advice and have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus. Failure to comply could result in a fine or arrest.
South Africa has introduced a risk-based, five-level approach to lockdown restrictions. Level three restrictions are currently in place across the country.
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πŸ›‘οΈ Travel safety for South Africa

Exercise a high degree of caution

Avoid areas where protests are taking place. Don’t attempt to cross protester roadblocks. Strict lockdown measures due to COVID-19 apply across the country. Wear a face mask in public and follow the advice of local authorities. We now advise: Exercise a high degree of caution in South Africa due to the high level of serious crime.
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