The Ministry of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs has promulgated updated Lockdown Level 1 Regulations, following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address on 11 November.

Please click here to view the Regulations.

Contained within the Government Gazette, published 11 November 2020, are the following regulations pertaining to international travel and border re-openings.

International travel and the reopening of borders:

  • The 18 land borders that were partially operational, will now be fully operational and the 34 land borders that were closed, will remain closed
  • All international travel will resume subject to the traveller providing a valid certificate of a negative test which was obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of travel
  • In the event of the traveller’s failure to submit a certificate of proof of a negative test, the traveller will be required to quarantine him or herself at his or her own cost
  • International travel remains restricted to the following airports:

– OR Tambo International Airport

– Cape Town International Airport
– King Shaka International Airport

  • All commercial seaports will reopen
  • Small crafts will be allowed entry into seaports in line with health and border law enforcement protocols
  • The resumption of visa application services shall be determined in directions issued by the Cabinet Member responsible for Home Affairs
  • The Cabinet Member responsible for Home Affairs in consultation with the Cabinet Members for Health and Transport must develop International Travel Containment Protocols to be issued in directions, to ensure that entry into South African ports of entry will only be allowed subject to adherence to ensure COVID-19 positive travellers are not allowed into the republic

Specific economic exclusions: 

  1. Night vigils
  2. Night clubs
  3. The 34 land borders that remain closed
  4. Initiation practices
  5. Passenger ships for international leisure purposes, excluding small crafts, in-line with health and border law enforcement protocols
  6. Attendance of any sporting event by spectators
  7.  International sports events
  8. Exclusions relating to public transport services as set out in the directions issued by the Cabinet Member responsible for Transport
  9. Exclusions relating to education services as set out in the directions issued

For more information on COVID-19 Alert level 1, click here.

Published 17 Sep 2020, 09:40

South Africa will reopen its international borders on 1 October 2020, under alert level 1 of lockdown.

President Cyril Ramaphosa made the announcement during a televised address to the nation on Wednesday evening.

While the country will move to alert level 1 of lockdown from midnight on Sunday 20 September 2020, international borders will only open up in October.

“We will be allowing travel into and out of South Africa for business, leisure and other travel with effect from 1 October 2020. This is subject to various containment and mitigation measures,” announced the President.

For international travel, government will place restrictions for travel to and from certain countries that have high infection rates. A list of countries will be published based on the latest scientific data.

Travelers 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 or Cape Town International Airport.

On arrival, travelers will need to present a negative COVID-19 test result not older than 72 hours from time of departure.

Where a traveler has not done a COVID-19 test prior to departure, they will be required to remain in mandatory quarantine at their own cost.

All travelers will be screened on arrival and those presenting with symptoms will be required to remain in quarantine until a repeat COVID-19 test is conducted.

All travelers will be asked to install the COVID Alert South Africa mobile app.

“Countries that have used this type of app have been able to manage the Ccoronavirus pandemic quite effectively,” said the President.

SA missions open for visa applications 

In preparation for the re-opening of borders, South African missions abroad will open for visa applications and all long-term visas will be reinstated.

“The tourism sector is one of our greatest economic drivers. We are ready to open our doors again to the world, and invite travellers to enjoy our mountains, our beaches, our vibrant cities and our wildlife game parks in safety and confidence,” said the President.

In the next few days, the updated regulations will be published and Ministers have been tasked with ironing out the details through briefings.  –

Your vacation should be memorable for all the right reasons

Here’s some tips to be mindful of before you depart:

  • Learn common travel scams in the country, this can help defend you from being tricked out of hundreds of Rands.
    • Knowing the scams and dangers before you arrive in the country will make you more confident to decline an offer that sounds too good to be true.
  • Observe how people dress and try to pass as a local. The more you stand out, the more you brand yourself as someone who is unfamiliar with the location.
  • When walking down the street, look straight ahead and walk with a purpose. If you become lost, slip into your nearest cafe to consult your map privately before continuing.
  • Hide emergency cash. Keep one part in your wallet, hide it in your backpack inner pockets, in your socks, and even under the insole of your shoes.
    • This will minimize the risk of losing everything in case of an unexpected accident.
  • Learn the local emergency contact number when entering a new country. Dial the number and check to see if your mobile phone can call it. You may need to use it during your stay.
  • Get travel insurance.
    • Whether your luggage is lost, you end up in a natural disaster or you need to go to the hospital, travel insurance will help to reimburse your expenses.

When it comes to staying safe, listen to your gut instincts. If something feels funny, there is a good chance it probably is. If the street food you come across looks like it will make you ill, it’s probably best to avoid it. If the guy who approaches you seems a little too friendly, then he may not have the best intentions.

Even though you may feel like you are overreacting, it is still better to be safe than sorry.

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