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South Africa travel rules: What are the latest restrictions for holidaymakers?

South Africa has had a turbulent pandemic, involving some of the earliest discoveries of new variants, and travel bans from countries including the UK.

Now that its situation in Covid is settled, visiting this beautiful country shrouded in shores of sunkissed safaris and rugged beaches is easier than ever.

Here is everything you need to know.

Do I need proof of vaccination or testing to visit South Africa?

No. South Africa lifted its remaining restrictions on Covid-19 for travelers on 23 June.

This means an end to previous guidelines, which included vaccinated travelers having to show proof of full vaccination and unvaccinated travelers giving a negative PCR or antigen test result at the border.

It also ended capacity restrictions for indoor areas – previously limited to 50 percent of standard capacity or 1,000 maxmimum – that can now operate at full capacity.

Health minister Dr Joe Phaahla said: “After monitoring the positive direction for more than three weeks, we concluded that the highest infection we determined was a limited fifth wave driven by subvariants and not a new variants of concern are missing and that there is no longer any major risk. “

Do I need to fill out a passenger locator form before traveling to South Africa?

You may be asked to fill out a South African health form first. You can print it out and complete it before traveling, or your airline can give you a copy. Details required to provide include your hotel address, countries you have visited in the last 14 days and your flight number and seat.

What if I’m just passing through South Africa?

If you are getting a connecting flight to SA (Johannesburg, for example), you only need to have a pre-travel test or bring proof of vaccination if you need to make it to your final destination.

Do I have to wear a mask while on vacation in South Africa?

Wearing a mask in public places is no longer legally enforced in South Africa, although it is recommended in areas where it is difficult to distance themselves from society. The rule was removed along with the remaining Covid border rules on 23 June.

Do I need a visa?

Travelers to Britain do not require a visa for visits of up to 90 days.

How much time do I need left on my passport?

South Africa requires you to have six months left on your passport (some sources say 30 days, but the Foreign Office warns that “some immigration officials” in the country are requesting six months remaining). You should also make sure that your passport has at least two blank pages on the date of your arrival.

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