Based on the limited sequencing that’s been done, the Delta variant has emerged as the dominant variant in this resurgence. According to the latest research, it is much more transmissible and possibly more virulent compared to previous variants. This simply means that further restrictions will apply on travellers exiting South Africa and that further lockdown measures will be implemented.
The European Commission is doing its utmost best to ensure free movement of citizens, goods, and services – with full respect to health and safety measures. However, we are expecting that South African travellers might not be able to travel abroad due to the current Covid-19 situation.
Non-essential travel has been banned to most countries from South Africa, or have been imposed with strict regulations, until the epidemiological situation is better controlled. Restrictions on travel will be in line with the Council’s recommendation, including testing of travellers.
The good news is that employees who are required to enter France and Italy can submit their visa applications and depart to their destination with no issues.
France and Italy both accept work permit and seafarer visa applications, provided that the travellers deliver the following:
- Negative PCR test in the last 48 hours of travelling
- If vaccinated, a 7-day quarantine in France
- If not vaccinated, Covid tests to be conducted and travellers quarantined for 10 days
- Give a compelling reason to be admitted entry
- A sworn statement certifying the absence of Covid-19 symptoms or contact with any confirmed case of Covid-19
- Complete letter with name, travel details, why the need to travel and accommodation details.