South Africa to ease some restrictions under adjusted alert level three

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South Africa to ease some restrictions under adjusted alert level three

Monday, February 1, 2021

President Ramaphosa's latest speech can be found HERE

South Africa will remain at adjusted alert level three with an easing of the following restrictions:

  • The nationwide curfew will now be in place between 11 pm and 4 am. Establishments will need to close by 10 pm in light of curfew hours.
  • All beaches, dams, lakes, rivers, public parks and public swimming pools will now open.
  • The sale of alcohol is now permitted for offsite consumption between 10 am and 6 pm, Monday to Thursday.
  • The onsite consumption of alcohol is permitted between 10 am and 10 pm all days of the week.
  • Faith based gatherings are permitted subject to health protocols and as detailed within the updated regulations.
  • Political gatherings, sports gatherings or social gatherings are still prohibited.
  • It remains compulsory for every person to wear a mask in a public place.

South Africans are permitted to travel freely internationally as mentioned during the ministerial brief on 30 September, however will be required to check the entry requirements of the country they wish to travel to. With the emergence of the Covid-19 variant, some countries have decided to restrict entry from South Africa for a period of time. There are still many entry restrictions and border closures that remain in effect globally. Any returning South African citizens and residents will be subject to entry regulations and protocols and may be required to enter quarantine.

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Travellers entering South Africa will need to produce a negative PCR test, to be presented on arrival and not older than 72 hours from the date of departure from the country of origin.

  • A person entering the Republic must be subjected to screening on arrival at the point of entry, including the completion of a traveller health questionnaire which can be found HERE.
  • A person who, during screening, is found to have had exposure to COVID-19 or is presenting with any signs and symptoms of COVID-19, must be subjected to a medical examination which may include testing and isolation.
  • A person entering the Republic must on arrival at the point of entry, provide to the port health official the following; A completed Traveller Health Questionnaire; and a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result, not older than 72 hours from the date of departure from the country of origin.
  • A person who is not in possession of a valid negative COVID-19 PCR rest will be subject to antigen testing at the point of entry and may be subject to quarantine at an approved facility at his or her own cost.

Should you have any questions, please contact your dedicated Travel Manager or contact us HERE

Further information related to COVID-19 and risk-adjusted strategies for South Africa can be found HERE

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