30 September 2020

South Africa reopens its borders for international travellers from medium-risk and low-risk countries! [update]

update (01 October 2020): The Government of South Africa encourages the international travellers who intend to visit South Africa to download the COVID Alert SA app on their smartphones so that they are able to monitor and minimise their risk of exposure to the Covid-19 virus. 

update (01 October 2020): South Africa's Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has released an official list of countries currently rated as "high risk". The list will be reviewed every fortnight. Travellers from the following countries are not permitted to enter South Africa:
Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Georgia, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Luxemburg, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Nepal, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Oman, Palestine, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Suriname, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Emirates, United Kingdom, USA and Venezuela.

update (30 September 2020): According to media reports from South Africa, the following countries are currently regarded as "high risk": Brazil, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Georgia, Gibraltar, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Nepal, Oman, Palestine, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, San Marino, St Martin, Slovakia, Slovenia, Suriname, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, United Kingdom, The United States of America, Virgin Islands and Venezuela.
According to other sources, the following countries are on
South Africa's "banned leisure travel list": Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Faroe Islands, France, French Polynesia, Georgia, Gibraltar, Greece, Guam, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Nepal, North Macedonia, Oman, Palestine, Panama, Palau, Paraguay, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Qatar, Russia, San Marino, St Marteen, Slovakia, Slovenia, Suriname, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, US Virgin Islands and Venezuela.
We'll update the list as soon as an offical "high-risk country list" is available.The "banned leisure travel list" itself will be reviewed regularly.

South Africa's borders will gradually open for international travel for business, leisure and other travel on 01 October 2020. The reopening is guided by the communique published by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Public Health on considerations for international travel on 30 July 2020. South Africa will open its three major airports (OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg, Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town and King Shaka International Airport (DUR) in Durban) for international travellers, as well as 18 land borders to allow ease of travel from African countries. 


International travellers:

The Government of South Africa has developed a risk categorisation model for different international travellers. This model classifies international travellers according to a scale of high risk, medium risk and low risk. Travellers from high-risk countries (countries with higher numbers of Covid-19 infections and reported deaths compared to
South Africa) will not be permitted to enter South Africa. The exception will be business travellers with scarce and critical skills including diplomats, repatriated persons, investors and people participating in professional sporting and cultural events will undergo the same health protocol screenings.
Travellers from medium-risk countries (countries with relatively equal number of infections of Covid-19 and death toll to
South Africa) and travellers from low-risk countries (countries with lesser number of infections of Covid-19 and death toll than South Africa) are allowed to enter South Africa.
If the passport of the traveller from a high-risk country indicates that he/she has spent 10 days or more in a low risk country before departure, he/she will be considered to be arriving from a low risk country.
Travellers from medium-risk countries and low-risk countries will only be allowed into the country subject to the prevailing visa requirements.
Airlines from hig- risk countries are not necessarily banned, but their crew will be required to isolate in facilities at designated accommodation at the cost of their employer.
Long term visa holders who visit
South Africa for business purposes will be allowed to travel to South Africa These travellers will also be subject to health screenings for Covid-19 symptoms at the port of entry.  
South Africa reserves the right to deny entry of any traveller who is travelling from a high-risk country for tourism purposes.

International travellers permitted to visit
South Africa will be expected to produce a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test that is not older than 72 hours from the time of departure from the country of origin to South Africa. This test must be conducted by a certified medical practitioner and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted such test.
Upon arrival in the port of entry, travellers will be screened for any Covid-19 symptoms or for contact with people who have been infected with Covid-19.
Travellers will also need to provide proof of accommodation address should they need to  self-quarantine at the time of arrival in
South Africa.
Should travellers display any Covid-19–related symptoms or been in contact with an infected person(s), they will be expected to take a mandatory Covid-19 test.  This test will be at the traveller’s cost. If the Covid-19 test comes back positive, travellers will be subjected to a 10 day quarantine at a designated site. The accommodation at a quarantine site will be at the traveller’s cost.
Travellers are also required to possess a travel insurance which is supposed to cover the Covid-19 test and quarantine cost.

African travellers:


Travellers from all African countries are allowed to enter
South Africa, but must possess relevant travel documents. African travellers will also be screened for Covid-19 symptoms.

Sea Ports:

To facilitate ease of transportation of goods and medicines to and from
South Africa at sea ports, ships will be allowed to dock, load and off-load cargo. Crew members from the cargo ships will be allowed to crew changes. These crew members will also be medically screened for Covid-19 symptoms. Passenger liners for luxury travel are still not allowed to dock and off-load passengers. [src.]

Malawi Airlines resumes flights to South Africa!

The national carrier of Malawi, Malawi Airlines, is set to resume flights between Kamuzu International Airport (LLW) in Lilongwe and OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg. The airline will initially operate return flights to Johannesburg on 02 October, 04 October, 06 October, 09 October, 10 October and 11 October 2020. Flight ET20 will depart Lilongwe  at 09:20 and will arrive in Johannesburg at 11:35. The return flight (ET21) will depart Johannesburg at 12:20 and will arrive in Lilongwe at 14:35.

n.b. Malawi Airlines is operated by Ethiopian Airlines (ET), which owns 49% of the airline. The remaining 51% are owned by the Government of Malawi.

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South Africa: South African Airways (SAA) has suspended all operations!

South Africa's flag carrier, South African Airways (SAA), has suspended all operations with immediate effect on 29 September 2020. The airline's Business Rescue Practitioners (BRP) decided to put the national carrier under "care and maintenance" until funding for a restructuring plan could be found. The suspension of operations may be lifted if the Government of South Africa comes through funds it has promised. According to the airline, all scheduled cargo and repatriation flights will be undertaken but no new ones will be accepted during the suspension. SAA is officially in business rescue since December 2019 after a decade of financial losses. We'll keep you posted!

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Singapore Airlines to resume flights to South Africa! [update]

update (12 October 2020): Singapore Airlines will increase its service between Singapore and Johannesburg to three weekly flights in November 2020 and December 2020. The airline is planning to progressively increase services further on the Johannesburg route and re-extend its flights to Cape Town, as travel demand picks up. 

The flag carrier airline of Singapore, Singapore Airlines, has announced the resumption of flights to South Africa. Effective 14 October 2020, the airline will operate a weekly flight between Changi Airport (SIN) in Singapore and OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg. As travel demand picks up, Singapore Airlines will progressively increase flights to Johannesburg and extend the service to Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town.
The first flight will take off from Singapore at 01:30 on 14 October 2020, arriving in Johannesburg at 06:10 on the same day. The return flight will depart from Johannesburg at 13:45 on 15 October 2020, arriving back in Singapore the next day at 06:10 on 16 October 2020.

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29 September 2020

Cape Town: The Zeitz MOCAA to reopen with an exhibition by & for Capetonians!

The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) in Cape Town, the largest museum of contemporary African art in the world, has announced its reopening date. The Museum, which is closed since 17 March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, is set to reopen on 22 October 2020 with an exhibition by, and for, Capetonians, titled "Home Is Where The Art Is: Art Is Where The Home Is". The open call is directed to every Capetonian who owns or has made interesting paintings, drawings, sculptures and other artworks that brought a sense of joy during the months of the global pandemic. For more info, click here.

Ethiopian Airlines to resume flights to Victoria Falls!

The flag carrier of Ethiopia, Ethiopian Airlines, is set to restart flights to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Effective 06 October 2020, the airline will operate scheduled commercial flights between Bole International Airport (ADD) in Addis Ababa and Victoria Falls Airport (VFA) in Victoria Falls. Ethiopian Airlines has not yet released further details on frequencies and aircraft type. We'll keep you posted.
Facemasks will be mandatory for travel and travellers are requested to meet destination entry requirements such as PCR COVID-19 clearance certificate issued by the recognized facility within 48 hours from the date of departure, in line with World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines.

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Ethiopian Airlines to resume flights to South Africa!

The flag carrier of Ethiopia, Ethiopian Airlines, is set to resume flights to South Africa. Effective 01 October 2020, the airline will restart scheduled commercial flights from Bole International Airport (ADD) in Addis Ababa to OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg and Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town. Ethiopian Airlines did not release a flight schedule, but it seems that flights to Johannesburg will initially be operated daily and flights to Cape Town at least three times a week. We'll keep you posted!

 

Durban to host the ITTF World Table Tennis Championship in 2023!

The City of Durban has been awarded hosting rights for the ITTF World Table Tennis Championship in 2023. It is the first time that a World Table Tennis Championship is being held in South Africa and the first time on the African continent since Cairo, Egypt, in 1939. The event is among the first major (sport) competitions to be awarded to Durban since the city was stripped of the 2022 Commonwealth Games after failing to provide the required financial guarantees.

The International Table Tennis Federation’s (ITTF) is the World governing body for all 226 affiliated national table tennis associations. The ITTF is responsible for the organization of numerous international competitions, including the World Table Tennis Championships that has continued since 1926.

24 September 2020

Emirates to resume flights to South Africa & Zimbabwe!

The flag carrier airline of the United Arab Emirates, Emirates, is set to resume operations to South Africa and Zimbabwe. Effective 01 October 2020, the airline will return to OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg, Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town and Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport (HRE) in Harare. Three days later, on 04 October 2020, Emirates will resume flights to King Shaka International Airport (DUR) in Durban. Flight schedules for the airline’s South African destinations will be available later this week. Emirates will operate to Harare with two weekly flights linked to its service to Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN) in Lusaka

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Zimbabwe: Fastjet (Zimbabwe) to resume flights to South Africa!

Low-cost carrier Fastjet (Zimbabwe) has confirmed that it is set to resume flights to South Africa. Effective 01 October 2020, the airline will launch a daily service between Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport (HRE) in Harare and OR Tambo Intermational Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg. Also on 01 October 2020, Fastjet (Zimbabwe) will reintroduce domestic flights between Harare and Victoria Falls Airport (VFA) in Victoria Falls. Flights will be operated on Thursdays and Sundays. On 21 September 2020, the airline already resumed a three-weekly service between Harare and Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport (BUQ) in Bulawayo

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Kruger National Park: Gate quotas in force during Heritage Day weekend!

South African National Parks (SANParks) is expecting a high volume of visitors to enter Kruger National Park from today (24 September 2020, Heritage Day) to 27 September 2020.
Day visitors to Kruger National Park are therefore advised to book their visit in advance in order to secure their entry and reminded that gate daily quotas will strictly be enforced during this period. Through the day visitor quota for Kruger National Park SANParks aims to better manage the expected volumes of visitors, as well as to improve the visitors' expectations.
Day visitors are urged to either arrive at the gate very early in the morning as the service is on first come first served basis or to pre-book their entrance. The procedure is that once the daily quota has been reached, only people with bookings are allowed in. There is a possibility to allow more people if there are people who are moving out of the Kruger National Park. However individuals cannot rely on that process as they might queue for long hours or end up not having succeeded in entering the park.  
Day visitors who pre-book their visit are expected to pay a non-refundable deposit of R46 per adult and R23 per child, which is meant to secure their space because they would have been counted in the number that made the daily quota. Day visitors with advanced bookings are also expected to arrive at the booked gate by no later than 13:00 on the date of the booking, because after 13:00 the booking lapses.
Visitors are also reminded of the rules and regulations of Kruger National Park, with particular emphasis on littering, speeding, getting out of cars and loud noises. Furthermore visitors are also cautioned of the Covid 19 rules and regulations even though we are operating under Level 1 guidelines.

23 September 2020

South Africa: City Sightseeing South Africa resumes operations in Johannesburg!

City Sightseeing South Africa, operator of the well-kown red open-top hop-on-hop-off sightseeing buses in Cape Town and Johannesburg, is set to resume operations in Johannesburg on 24 September 2020. The company has incorporated several new procedures to ensure the safety of both its passengers and staff. Only travellers wearing face masks will be permitted to board the buses. To keep the buses within the legislated protocol, City Sightseeing South Africa will only be travelling with a maximum of 50% capacity and has ensured that only every second row of seats will be occupied. 


South Africa: Airlink to reintroduce regional flights in Southern Africa! [update]

update (25 September 2020): According to Airlink's Flight Schedule Guide, the airline is planning to launch the following routes on 12 and 13 October 2020.

Johannesburg <> Walvis Bay from 12 October 2020
Johannesburg <> Ndola from 12 October 2020
Johannesburg <> Lusaka from 12 October 2020
Johannesburg <> Pemba from 12 October 2020
Johannesburg <> Beira from 12 October 2020
Johannesburg <> Tete from 12 October 2020
Johannesburg <> Maputo from 12 October 2020 (?)
Johannesburg <> Windhoek from 12 October 2020
Johannesburg <> Bulawayo from 13 October 2020

Following the announcement of the lifting of travel restrictions for international travel, South African regional carrier Airlink is set to reintroduce flights to destinations in Southern Africa. Effective 05 October 2020, the airline will launch flights between OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg and Robert G. Mugabe International Airport (HRE) in Harare. One week later, Airlink will introduce scheduled services between Johannesburg and Maputo International Airport (MPM) in Maputo. The airline's reintroduced regional flight schedule will be phased in commencing from 05 October 2020.

  • Johannesburg <> Harare
    The introduction of a daily mid-morning service will provide travelers with seamless connectivity on Airlink between Johannesburg and Cape Town as well as local routes such as Port Elizabeth, East London and others. The flight will depart Johannesburg at 10:30 arriving in Harare at 12:10. The return flight will depart Harare at 12:40 arriving in Johannesburg at 14:35.
  • Johannesburg <> Maputo
    The early afternoon service will operate on Wednesdays and Fridays and provide convenient onward connections. The flight will depart Johannesburg at 13:45 arriving at Maputo at 14:40.  The return flight will depart Maputo at 15:15 arriving in Johannesburg at 16:25.

Airlink's regular services will also be introduced on:

  • Johannesburg <> Bulawayo
  • Johannesburg <> Walvis Bay
  • Johannesburg <> Ndola  
  • Johannesburg <> Lusaka
  • Cape Town <> Windhoek
  • Johannesburg <> Pemba (Northern Mozambique)
  • Johannesburg <> Beira
  • Johannesburg <> Tete

New promotional video: "KZN has it all – it is yours to discover!"

Tourism KwaZulu-Natal, responsible for the development, promotion and marketing of tourism into and within KwaZulu-Natal, has released a new promotional video. The video highlights KwaZulu-Natal's tourism highlights and invites the future traveller to come, visit and experience the Zulu Kingdom.  
KwaZulu-Natal, which has roughly the size of Portugal, is located in the southeast of South Africa along the shoreline of the Indian Ocean. It is sharing borders with three other South African provinces (Free State, Mpumalanga and Eastern Cape) and the countries of Mozambique, eSwatini and Lesotho.


  • St Lucia
    Home to the largest hippo population and South Africa's first World Heritage Site
  • Umlazi
    Experience rich heritage and authentic shisanyama at South Africa's fourth largest township
  • Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
    Officially named the World's tallest swing
  • Sodwana Bay
    One of the top dive sites in the world with a 50 km reef
  • Nottingham Road, Midlands
    Home to an eclectic mix of art, cuisine and luxurious five-star hotels and spas
  • Sani Pass
    Legendary mountain pass, with the highest pub in Africa at 2,874m above sea level
  • Giants Castle
    Hikers paradise with superb rock art attractions
  • Opathe Heritage Park
    Burial place of the greatest Zulu chiefs
  • Victoria Street Market
    Durban's oldest market filled with African art and Indian spices
  • uKhahlamba Drakensberg
    A World Heritage Site with the highest peak in South Africa at 3482 m
  • Inanda
    A route rich in culture, boasting historial sites at the root of South Africa's democracy
  • Howick, Midlands
    The capture site, the start of Mandela's 27 year incarceration
  • Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park
    The Park has the largest population of white rhinos in the World
  • uShaka Marine World
    The fifth largest aqarium in the World
  • Lake Jozini
    A 16 000 hectare manmade lake, home to tiger fish

Table Mountain National Park: SANParks reopens Sivermine Gate, Boulders & Newlands and Oudekraal Picnic Sites!

South African National Parks (SANParks) has announced that Silvermine Gate 1 situated within the Cape Town's Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) will reopen today (23 September 2020), while the Boulders section and the Oudekraal picnic site and the Newlands picnic site will only reopen on 24 September 2020 (National Heritage Day). Rangers will be positioned at entry points to check that visitors are compliant with Covid-19 regulations stipulated by South Africa's National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC)

The following protocols have been put in place at Silvermine:

  • Gate entry times will be 07:00 - 18:00 with exit time at 19:00 pm daily.
  • No mask, no entry.
  • Limitations of visitor numbers may be imposed at the Picnic site at sergeant ranger’s discretion.
  • Free standing braai gas stoves are not permitted at the picnic site and we encourage guests to make use of the existing braai facilities.  
  • Maintain social distancing by at least 1.5m at all times.
  • No alcohol and no Gazebos permitted on site.

The following protocols have been put in place at Boulders:

  • Entry times at Boulders will be 08:00 - 16:00.
  • The curio shop will be open for these times as well.
  • Visitors will be screened upon entry. No mask, no entry.
  • Limitations for the boardwalks are 45 people at any given time with a maximum of 45 people on the beach.
  • Visitors are requested to respect penguins and to remain in the boardwalk at all times.
  • Maintain social distancing by at least 1.5m at all times.

The following protocols have been put in place at Newlands and Oudekraal Picnic Sites:

  • Please note these two picnic sites will open for the National Heritage Day only and will reopen again on 01 October 2020.
  • Entry times at Newlands and Oudekraal will be 08:00 - 16:00.
  • Visitors will be screened upon entry. No mask, no entry.
  • Newlands will take a maximum of 350 people while Oudekraal will take a maximum of 250 people only.
  • Free standing braai gas stoves are not permitted at the picnic sites and we encourage guests to make use of the existing braai facilities.  
  • Maintain social distancing by at least 1.5m at all times.
  • No alcohol and no Gazebos permitted on site.

22 September 2020

Zambia: Proflight Zambia reintroduces flights between Lusaka <> Johannesburg!

Zambian airline Proflight Zambia has announced the reintroduction of scheduled flights to South Africa. Effective 01 October 2020, the airline will operate a four weekly flights between Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN) in Lusaka and OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridys and Sundays. Additional days will be added when demand increases. The airline is also looking at reintroducing direct Ndola <> Johannesburg and Lusaka <> Durban flights at a later date.

© Proflight Zambia

Mondays and Wednesdays

Fridays and Sundays

Namibia: New rhino poaching figures!

According to Namibia's Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism (MET), the country has lost 22 rhinos to poaching since the beginning of 2020. A total of 46 rhinos got illegally killed by poachers in Namibia in 2019, compared to 78 rhinos that lost their lives to poaching activities during 2018 (2017: 55; 2016: 61).
Namibia is home to the largest population of black rhino of the subspecies Diceros bicornis bicornis* in the world. Approximately 93% of the total population of this taxon are found in the country (as of 31 December 2020).
Namibia hosts a third of the entire remaining population of back rhino on the planet and the second largest white rhino population in the world after South Africa. The country also has the largest population of black rhinos in protected areas and the largest free roaming black rhino population in the world.  
Between 2012 and 2018, the black rhino (diceros bicornis) population across Africa has grown at a modest annual rate of 2.5% from an estimated 4,845 to 5,630 animals in the wild, respectively.


 * According to Wikipedia the subspecies Diceros bicornis bicornis (or southern black rhinoceros) was brought to extinction around 1850 while the subspecies Diceros bicornis occidentalis (or south-western black rhinoceros) has its today's strongholt in Namibia.

Uganda: Uganda Airlines to resume operations!

Uganda's flag carrier, Uganda Airlines, has announced the resumption of international flights. Effective 01 October 2020, the airline will restart its service with scheduled return flights from Entebbe International Airport (EBB) in Entebbe to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi, Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar es Salaam, Juba Airport (JUB) in Juba and Aden Adde International Airport (MGQ) in Mogadishu. At a later stage, Uganda Airlines will also resume flights to Bujumbura, Kilimanjaro, Mombasa and Zanzibar. The airline also plans to launch scheduled operations to Kinshasa, Lusaka, Harare and Johannesburg. We'll keep you posted!

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21 September 2020

Botswana: The cause of mysterious elephant deaths has been identified!

Botswana's Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) has announced that the cause of mysterious elephant deaths in the country has been identified. According to the DWNP, neurotoxin producing cyanobacteria species in pans are behind the death of some 330 elephants. Most deaths have been reported near the village of Seronga in the north of the Okavango Delta. Approximately 70% of the carcasses have been found near pans. The mortality stopped towards the end of June 2020, coinciding with the drying of pans. Other animals in the Okavango Delta appeared unharmed. The Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) will continue to investigate eg why only elephants were affected and why all death appeared in that area of Botswana. We'll keep you posted!

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South Africa: Travellers from Africa & from countries with low COVID-19 rates will be allowed to enter South Africa from 01 October 2020! [update]

update (29 September 2020): South Africa's Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said at the World Tourism Day celebrations on 27 September 2020 that international tourists from low risk COVID-19 countries will not require a quarantine period, but only need to show a COVID-19 negative certificate on arrival.

update (28 September 2020): The Government of South Africa will adopt a risk-based system in selecting which countries will be allowed to travel into South Africa and which countries South African citizens will be allowed to fly to. It will use the same approach that was used before South Africa entered into a level 5 lockdown, with countries categorised as "high-risk" or "low-risk" for travel purposes. South Africa's Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has revealed during an event to commemorate World Tourism Day (27 September 2020) that "most countries" will be allowed on the country's permitted travel list for Level 1.

update (26 September 2020): The Government of South Africa has not yet revealed its
list of countries allowed to travel to South Africa

update (23 September 2020): According to South Africa's Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula, the list of countries allowed to travel to South Africa will be published later this week and will be based on science and research. South Africa's Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, said in an interwiew South Africa would be using World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines to determine which countries to allow in when international travel resumes. We'll keep you posted!

South Africa's Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, announced in a media briefing on Coronavirus COVID-19 level 1 lockdown regulations on 18 September 2020 that all travellers from the African Continent as well as travellers from countries outside the African Continent with a low COVID-19 infection and transmission rates will be allowed to enter South Africa from the 01 October 2020. These travellers need to present a valid certificate of a negative COVID-19 test obtained not more than 72 hours (3 days) before the date of travel when entering South Africa. International travel from countries with high COVID-19 infection and transmission rates will remain prohibited execpt for business travel which may be allowed with the approval South Africa's Department of Home Affairs. The list of permitted and prohibited countries will be based on the latest scientific data and updated accordingly. According to Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the relevant South African ministers are in consultations regarding this list and are aiming to publish it before 01 October 2020.
The 18 land borders that were partially operational during the previous lockdown levels will be fully operational from 01 October 2020. The 35 land borders that were closed during the previous lockdown levels will remain closed. OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg, Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town and King Shaka International Airport (DUR) in Durban are the only airports that will allow international air travel to arrive or depart.

 

Disaster Management Act, 2002: Amendment of Regulations issued in Terms of Section 27(2) [more]