On 24 March 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa updated the nation on further stringent measures that will be put in place to combat COVID-19. Inter-alia with the lockdown of the country from midnight 26 March 2020 up until midnight 16 April 2020, he has strengthened the precautionary measures of South African residents and other foreign travellers who are travelling, or have been travelling through South Africa prior to his initial announcement –

  1. South African Citizens and residents arriving from high-risk countries will automatically be placed under quarantine for 14 days.
  2. International flights to Lanseria Airport have temporarily been suspended.
  3. International travellers who arrived in South Africa after 9 March 2020 from high-risk countries will be confined to their hotels until they have completed a 14-day period of quarantine.

Those who are still intending on arriving in South Africa on flights from high-risk countries, can expect to be turned back and will not be allowed to enter South Africa.

There will an inter-ministerial meeting on the morning of 24 March 2020 to discuss and outline the President’s additional measures.

“The nation-wide lockdown is necessary to fundamentally disrupt the chain of transmission across society.” – President Cyril Ramaphosa

More updates will be shared in due course.