12 January 2021

Covid-19: South Africa closes all land borders and remains on Adjusted Alert Level 3 Lockdown!

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on 11 January 2021 that the country will remain on Adjusted Alert Level 3 Lockdown. South Africa has been on Adjusted Lockdown Alert Level 3 since 29 December 2020, when the resurgence in infections started. While most measures remain in place, minor but significant adjustments to the current regulations have been introduced. The amended regulations have been gazetted by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Below are some of the key points of the extended lockdown, as outlined by the Government Gzette No. 44066.

  • All land ports of entry into and out of South Africa are closed until 15 February 2021, with the following exceptions:
    • 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
    • Diplomats
    • 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 is still permitted, subject to the traveller providing a valid certificate of a negative Covid-19 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 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.
  • All commercial seaports will remain open and small crafts will be allowed entry into seaports, inline with all health and border law enforcement protocols.
  • Foreign nationals in South Africa with visas that have expired and were automatically extended to 31 January 2021, due to their inability to travel during the lockdown due to COVID-19, will have their visas automatically extended to 31 March 2021.
  • A foreign tourist who arrived in South Africa prior to the commencement of this regulation, will have his or her visa automatically extended to 31 March 2021.
  • Every person is confined to his or her place of residence from 21:00 until 05:00 daily unless a person:
    • has been granted a special permission
    • is attending to a security or medical emergency.
  • Any person who fails to abide by the curfew commits an offence and is, on conviction, liable to a fine or a period of imprisonment not exceeding six months or to both such fine andimprisonment.
  • Closing time for the following establishments, whether indoors or outdoors, is 20:00:
    • cinemas
    • theatres
    • casinos
    • museums, galleries and archives
    • gyms and fitness centres
    • restaurants
    • venues hosting auctions
    • venues hosting professional sport

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