Lockdown Level 2 Travel Guidelines

The Ministry of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs has promulgated new Lockdown Level 2 Regulations, as announced by President, Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday, 15 July 2020.

Please click here to view the Regulations.


The following amendments are important to note: 

Accommodation establishments are allowed to open for leisure travel provided health protocols are observed, including guests observing 1,5m social distancing, wearing of masks and the usage of hand sanitisers. Although the regulations stipulate a restriction of 50% floor space capacity, the TBCSA has pointed out that this is a drafting error.

“There has been a drafting error in the reference to 50% floor space for accommodation providers and tour operators which is being corrected,” says Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa, CEO TBCSA. SATSA will provide updates as these arise.

Public Transport

Domestic Air Travel is allowed for leisure purposes.

International air travel for leisure purposes is still prohibited, as borders remain closed for now.  Travel for repatriation purposes is allowed as well as daily commuters from neighbouring countries who attend or teach at a school in South Africa. The Cabinet member responsible for Home Affairs, in consultation with the Cabinet members responsible for Health and Transport may allow certain categories of international travel to resume once it is deemed safe to do so, subject to directions.

Water-based activities

Swimming pools are allowed to open subject to a limitation of 50 people. Other water-based activities such as scuba diving, shark cage diving, kayaking, river rafting are also open subject to conditions.

Beaches and public parks are open, but directions will be issued.

Conferences & Events

Conferences and meetings are allowed with a limit of 50 people per conference (excluding those who participate through electronic platforms) and provided the meeting or conference is restricted to business purposes.

Concerts and entertainment events are allowed subject to a limitation of 50 people and subject to directions issued by the relevant Cabinet member.


Every person is confined to his or her place of residence from 22h00 until 04h00 daily, except where a person has been granted a permit, which corresponds with Form 2 of Annexure A, to perform a service other than a service related to an activity.

Sale, dispensing or transportation of liquor

61. (1) The sale of liquor:

(a) by licensed premises for off-consumption, is permitted from 09h00 to 17h00, from Mondays to Thursdays, excluding Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays;
(b) by licensed premises for on-site consumption is permitted, subject to strict adherence to the curfew contemplated in regulation 50(1).
(2) The sale of liquor in contravention with sub-regulation (1) is an offence.


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