With the partial opening of international borders everyone has gotten a bit excited on the possibility of traveling out of the country again. WE definitely are too, yesterday it was confirmed that yes we can fly internationally but there are a few T’s & Cs – here is the low down on what you need to know:
International travel from countries listed as having a high COVID-19 infection and transmission rate, will remain prohibited except for business travel which may be allowed with the approval from home affairs.
The countries South African’s cannot visit for leisure travel or cannot receive visitors from include the following:
- Dominican Republic
- Faroe Islands
- French Polynesia
- North Macedonia
- Puerto Rico
- San Marino
- St Marteen
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
- US Virgin Islands
The 18 land borders which were partially operational, will be fully operational, and the 35 land borders currently closed, will remain closed.
Conditions & Requirements:
All travellers from the African Continent and from countries outside the African Continent with a low rate of COVID-19 infection and transmission, can travel into the country, and we may visit their countries – these are the conditions:
- The person traveling must provide a valid certificate of a negative PCR (polymerise chain reaction) test which was obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of travel; and
- In the event of the traveller’s failure to submit a certificate as proof of a negative test, the traveller will be required to quarantine at his or her own costs.
International air travel is only available from the following airports-
- OR Tambo International Airport;
- King Shaka International Airport; and
- Cape Town International Airport.
Whatever you decide to do & where ever you decide to go don’t forget that you need to ensure you wear your mask and pack your santizer in your hand luggage – the primary goal when travelling is always to stay safe so please take all the precautions needed
If you were thinking of visiting certain countries you may need to book more of a “stay-cation” – some countries are allowing access but not for short stays an example is Mauritius that has has announced that they will have a phased easing of travel restrictions. The borders will be open to Mauritian nationals, residents and tourists travelling to Mauritius for long stays but passengers will have to undergo a PCR (polymerise chain reaction) test 5 days prior to travel & show the test on arrival and in addition will be subjected to a 14-day quarantine at an establishment approved by the authorities.