South African Measures to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19


South African Citizens (passport-holders) returning to South Africa from travel in the U.S. will undergo thermal checks, screening and may be required to produce a “COVID-19 clearance certificate” at the international ports of arrival. Travelers will also have to undergo a period of self-isolation/quarantine for a minimum period of 14 days.


The South African Government has identified the following countries as high risk: China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, Spain,
Germany, United States of America, United Kingdom and Ireland. As such, any foreign national travelling from one of
these countries or those who have visited any one of these countries, in the last 20 days will be denied entry into South
Africa from 18 March 2020.

All entry, regardless of compliance with visa requirements, of foreign travellers with ordinary passports, travelling from or transiting through the above mentioned high-risk countries is prohibited until further notice.

No applications for visas by foreign travellers from high-risk countries will be approved. Visas already issued are revoked with immediate effect for travellers that have not yet entered South Africa.

Visa waiver agreements with countries identified by the Department of Health as high- and medium-risk will be suspended from dates that will be advised through Travel Alerts.

The above restrictions exclude holders of diplomatic passports and travel documents issued by international organisations as well as their family members accredited to the Republic of South Africa, and holders of official/service passports. The travel restrictions will also not apply to the crew members of aircraft and cargo ships, as well as cross border rail and road transportation workers.

However, such travellers will be subjected to medical screening and if required, can be isolated or quarantined for a minimum period of 14 days.


All international travellers, including South African citizens, entering South Africa will be required to complete and submit the prescribed Health Form and hand it to Health officials and Immigration officers upon arrival.

All travellers will be subjected to medical screening for COVID-19 upon entering South Africa and if required, can be isolated or quarantined for a minimum period of 14 days. Over and above the normal immigration requirements, entry into South Africa is subject to a passenger’s cooperation with officials conducting tests.

Travellers from medium-risk countries as identified by the South African Department of Health will be required to undergo high intensity screening.

All travellers who have entered South Africa from high-risk countries since 15 February 2020 will be required to present themselves for testing.