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South Africa travel restrictions from Portugal

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South Africa quarantine details

South Africa is open for travel. No quarantine is required on arrival to South Africa and when returining back to Portugal no quarantine is required.Most visitors from South Africa can travel to Portugal without restrictions.Get travel restrictions, quarantine and entry requirements for South Africa from Portugal.
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South Africa travel restrictions from Portugal

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, including a nationwide curfew between the hours of midnight and 4 am. 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

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 are open until 11 pm with reduced capacity to allow for social distancing.


Bars are open until 11 pm with reduced capacity to allow for social distancing.


Nightclubs remain closed to limit the rate of transmission.


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 some countries are exempt from pre-departure testing requirements. The final dose must have been administered at least 14 days before departure.
Vaccination exemptions will only apply if the full dose and certificate were issued in Europe and other specific countries. Further information on accepted vaccine certificates can be found at

Test/medical certificate required

Proof of a negative COVID-19 test, taken within the previous 72 hours, must be provided on departure. Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (NAAT) are accepted, such as RT-PCR.
Alternatively, proof of a negative rapid antigen test can be provided, taken within the previous 48 hours. Only rapid antigen tests approved by the European Union Health Committee are accepted, further information can be found at
Travelers may instead provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. This must be provided via an EU Digital Certificate or issued by a third country, under reciprocal conditions.
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