COVID-19: New travel requirements announced

17 Feb 21

SOUTH AFRICA

IMPACT – HIGH

South Africa’s government has announced changes to COVID-19 travel procedures.

Key Points:

  • South Africa has opened its land borders, though some restrictions remain in place. The borders had closed in January to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
  • Daily commuters entering and exiting South Africa must follow COVID-19 protocols such as wearing masks, social distancing, COVID-19 screening and quarantine.
  • Under recently established rules, international flights are only permitted at OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg), King Shaka International Airport (Durban) and Cape Town International Airport. All travelers arriving at these airports must present a valid negative COVID-19 test result.
  • Travelers who do not have test results must have an antigen test when they arrive in South Africa and must pay for it themselves. Those with positive results must enter a 10-day isolation period and pay for their lodging and other necessities.

Analysis & Comments: The reopening of land borders will allow more travelers to enter and exit South Africa. However, many COVID-19 restrictions and protocols remain in place and travelers should familiarize themselves with the current rules before traveling. The response to COVID-19 continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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