13 January 2021
As per the latest government regulations as part of the level 3 nationwide lockdown, all land ports of entry into and out of South Africa are closed until 15 February 2021. There are exceptions to this, including:
- The transportation of fuel, cargo and goods;
- Emergency medical attention for a life-threatening condition. with proof of such treatment;
- The return of a South African national, permanent resident, person with a long-term residence visa, spouse with a visa, child or children with visa, person with a work visa and holder of a business visa;
- Funeral purposes for family members in the first degree of kinship to the deceased person;
- The deportation of foreign nationals;
- The departure of a South African national, or permanent resident, to his or her place of employment. study or residence;
- Daily commuters from neighbouring countries who attend school in South Africa.
Air Travel Restrictions
Over this same period, international air travel is restricted to OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, King Shaka International Airport in KZN and Cape Town International Airport in Cape Town.
Overall, air travel is still permitted, subject to the traveller providing a valid certificate of a negative Covid-19 test that has been obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of travel.
If a traveller fails to submit a certificate as proof of a negative Covid-19 test, they will be required to do an antigen test on arrival at their own cost – and in the event of testing positive for Covid-19, they will be required to quarantine at their own cost.
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