The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has confirmed that International Travel to and from South Africa will be allowed. These easing of restrictions are accompanying the move to Lockdown Level 1.
Since moving to Lockdown Level 1, the easing of restrictions will include international travel into- and out of South Africa for business and leisure from Thursday October 1st of 2020. This, however, is subject to Regulations and Directions. Including the high-risk country list announced by the Department of Home Affairs.
The South Africans borders are open and welcoming travellers since the 1st of October 2020, but within certain restrictions. The anticipated high-risk country list has finally been announced by the Department of Home Affairs and will be updated every two weeks.
All travellers must be able to provide the following documentation when travelling into South Africa.
Those who wish to undertake business travel to South Africa, may apply in writing to the Minister of Home Affairs and demonstrate reasons for their travel to enter the Republic. Once approval has been granted, they may apply for the necessary Visa prior to travelling.
Port of Health has confirmed however not yet formally published that children 5 years and younger are exempt from COVID-19 testing.
As the largest independent immigration provider in South Africa, we liaise with the Department of Home Affairs and foreign missions daily and as such, we are perfectly placed to assist with the necessary approval process to allow you to travel into- and out of South Africa.
All South Africans are now permitted to travel abroad for work, study, residence, business and leisure, subject to the restrictions of their destination country and/or transiting country.
It is imperative that all travellers familiarise themselves with that countries entry regulations before proceeding with travel arrangements.
Travelling for South Africans is allowed regardless of high or low listed countries.
In terms of travelling into South Africa, the below can be used as a guideline to who can or cannot enter South Africa:
My visa expired during lockdown. What should I do?
All South African visas that expired during lockdown have been extended until 31 January 2021. However, we encourage renewal processes to start sooner rather than later, to avoid further delays and ensure you are ahead of the queue in since there is a backlog of applications
Will I be able to apply for a passport with the move to Lockdown Level 1?
The Department of Home Affairs has now resumed the issuance of all passport types to those who have applied. This also includes essential civic services offered.
Can a South African Travel to a high-risk country?
All South African Citizens are now permitted to travel abroad for work, study, residence, business and leisure subject to the restrictions of their destination country and/or transiting country.
What is the process for someone in a High-risk country needing to get back to South Africa?
Those who wish to undertake business travel to South Africa may apply in writing to the Minister demonstrating reasons for travel to the Republic and once approval has been granted, they may proceed to apply for the necessary visa prior to travelling.
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The outbreak of COVID-19 has greatly affected both the international and domestic travel sectors, forcing most travellers to remain in the country they were in before the lockdown measures were enforced.
On 23 May 2020, the Department of Home Affairs (“DHA”) has confirmed that international travel will be permitted for South Africans to travel out of South Africa.
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