Information on COVID-19 /Coronavirus
The corona virus is spreading rapidly and knows no national borders. The Republic of South Africa is not spared either. Due to the associated restrictions in international air and travel traffic as well as adverse effects on public life, warnings are still issued against unnecessary tourist trips to South Africa.
All travelers over five years of age must show a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival, which meets the requirements of the WHO and must not be older than 72 hours upon departure. Travelers who enter the country without such a test certificate must undergo an antigen test immediately upon arrival at their own expense and, in the event of a positive test result, go to a 10-day quarantine. When checking the requirements for passengers to take passengers on their way to South Africa, airlines rely on the requirements of the South African Civil Aviation Authority and, as experience has shown, require proof of negative PCR tests without exception.
The use of a web-based travel health questionnaire via the platform COVID SA Travel System is mandatory. Travelers must fill out the questionnaire online two days before the start of the trip at the earliest and receive an identification number that must be presented to the health authorities when entering or leaving the country. Experience has shown that the airlines also distribute printed blank questionnaires, which - completely filled in - have been accepted as an alternative up to now.
All travelers are also expected to have the "COVID Alert South Africa" mobile app installed on their mobile phone, to show travel health insurance and to present their proof of accommodation including address should quarantine be required. Airlines and immigration control points check compliance with these requirements. Foreign travel health insurance is no longer mandatory for entry, but it is still strongly recommended.
Please also refer to the website of the Federal Foreign Office.
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